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Gorakhpur child deaths: Sacked doctor Kafeel Khan arrested by Uttar Pradesh STF

Dr Kafeel Khan is among seven people accused of criminal negligence over the death of 30 children at the BRD Hospital in Gorakhpur

india Updated: Sep 03, 2017 08:19 IST
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Rajesh Kumar Singh
Hindustan Times, Lucknow
Kafeel Khan,BRD hospital,Gorakhpur
Dr Kafeel Khan was in-charge of the encephalitis ward at BRD hospital in Lucknow.(File Photo)

Dr Kafeel Khan, a Gorakhpur doctor blamed for the death of 30 children at a state-run hospital in Uttar Pradesh last month, was arrested on Saturday from the house of his in-laws where he was allegedy hiding, police said.

Khan is among seven people named in a case registered over the death of the 30 children within 48 hours at the BRD Medical College on August 10-11.

He was allegedly absconding since the police registered a case over the incident which triggered nationwide outrage and exposed the grim healthcare scenario in India.

Khan was suspended along with former principal RK Mishra and five others.

He was picked up by a team of the special task force (STF) from his in-laws’ house located in a rural part of Gorakhpur, said Manoj Tiwari, STF’s senior superintendent of police.

He said Khan, who was traced through electronic surveillance, was handed over to Gorakhpur police who are investigating the case.

The 30 deaths are among 418 reported from the Gorakhpur hospital in August and more than 1100 casualties since January, the highest ever.

The 30 deaths over two days were attributed to shortage of oxygen after a private company cut supply over a payment dispute.

The government, however, attributes the deaths to Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis syndrome which ravage several states during the monsoons.

Khan was in-charge of the encephalitis war of the hospital when the deaths occurred.

He was arrested a day after a police team visited his residence in Gorakhpur and served a 24-hour deadline to appear for questioning. Police had also threatened to declare him an absconder.

In all, seven officials and employees have been suspended so far in connection with the deaths.

Immediately after the deaths were reported, Khan was hailed as a saviour of children but later he was portrayed as villain for his private practice and an alleged old case of rape against him.

Kafeel said he saved lives by arranging over 250 cylinders in 24 hours.

First Published: Sep 02, 2017 09:46 IST