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Nine booked for Gorakhpur deaths

The action comes after a probe committee, set up by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on August 12, had submitted its report on the deaths to the CM on Sunday.

Written by AVANEESH MISHRA | Lucknow | Updated: August 25, 2017 9:17 am
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NINE PERSONS, including Gorakhpur-based BRD Medical College and Hospital’s former principal Dr Rajeev Mishra and his wife Dr Purnima Shukla, have been booked in connection with the deaths of over 60 children due to alleged lack of oxygen supply earlier this month.

Dr Kafeel Khan (then head of the Encephalitis ward who was later suspended) and Manish Bhandari — the proprietor of M/s Pushpa Sales, the company responsible for the supply of liquid oxygen — have also been named in the FIR lodged at the Hazratganj police station in Lucknow. All have been accused of indulging in corrupt practices and swindling of government funds, leading to the ill-functioning of medical facilities at the hospital.

“Others named in the FIR are Uday Pratap of the audit department, clerks Sanjay and Sudhir, chief pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal and Dr Satish, head of anesthesia and the oxygen supply department. They were all posted at the medical college,” said a police officer.

The action comes after a probe committee, set up by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on August 12, had submitted its report on the deaths to the CM on Sunday.

The FIR has been lodged under sections 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 409 (criminal breach of trust by public servant), 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) of the IPC, along with section 15 of Indian Medical Council (IMC) and section 7/13 of the Prevention of Corruption Act.

The case has been transferred to Gorakhpur police for investigation, SP (East) Sarvesh Kumar Mishra said.

Besides recommending action under Prevention of Corruption Act against Dr Mishra and his wife, audit department employees and Jaiswal, the committee had also suggested disciplinary action against Dr Mishra, Dr Satish, Dr Khan and Jaiswal. Moreover, it had recommended that criminal charges be lodged against Dr Khan for submitting an affidavit to the Gorakhpur chief medical officer, where he allegedly hid facts and worked against the rules of the Indian Medical Council.

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    alice
    Aug 25, 2017 at 9:55 am
    so much for Burkha Dutt's hero, the patriot, the human, the hero... just goes to show her sense and sensibility.. and we have thisduffer as one of the prime journalists of the country.. there are many others like her.. just shows how journalists lack deep rooted understanding of things....and go by some silly moral science lessons, which they do not know how, where, and when to apply.. Do not have a moral conscience in the first place, which helps differentiate true right from wrong, and helps give a good sense of justice.. their sense of right and wrong is superficial and shallow..
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    1. Arshad Islam
      Aug 25, 2017 at 12:16 pm
      Considering Yogi has been an MP from Gorakhpur since 1998, the hospital and the general lack of medical care in the cons uency is a direct result of misgovernance. And yet since he is from the BJP and is an ardent RSS bigot, he has become the CM. Of course he holds no moral responsibility for his lack of governance since he is saffron clad Yogi. With regard to Kafeel Khan, 10 years down the line we will come to know that he only tried to make something good of a hopeless situation.
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        alice
        Aug 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm
        Kafeel Khan was directly appointed by Akhilesh Yadav, and has a lot of cases behind him, including fake degree certificate.. so Akhilesh Yadav should also be tried for putting at risk and jeopardizing the lives of babies and infants in the hands of a con doctor, and for putting an incompetent doctor just for minority appea t.. when the situation started getting alarming, he got panicked and tried to salvage the situation before it got out of hand, and to his disadvantage, and in the process the sillly media, sillly as usual, made him a hero.. when he was actually only trying to hide his con deeds.
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          alice
          Aug 25, 2017 at 1:37 pm
          the patients families got fooled thinking he was doing a heroic deed, when he was only trying to cover his own deeds. he is the biggest culprit.. being the head of the encephalitis/pediatric ward, and did not inform the new CM of any problems when he visited the hospital few days back, as then his stealing and con deeds would have been revealed.
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