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Suspended BRD doctor Kafeel Khan’s brother rushed to Lucknow in critical state

Dr Kafeel Khan, who was jailed in connection with child deaths at the BRD Medical College last year, has blamed police apathy for his sibling’s condition. His brother was shot at by unidentified people on June 10.

lucknow Updated: Jun 12, 2018 23:46 IST
HT Correspondents
HT Correspondents
Hindustan Times, Gorakhpur/Lucknow
Dr Kafeel Khan,BRD doctor,Kashif
Kashif Jameel (34) was shifted after his condition deteriorated after surgery at a private hospital.

The brother of Dr Kafeel Khan – a paediatrician suspended from Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College last year – was referred to the King George’s Medical University in Lucknow on Tuesday, two days after unidentified people shot at him on the night of June 10.

Kashif Jameel (34) was shifted after his condition deteriorated after surgery at a private hospital. “Referred to the trauma centre, KGMU, Lucknow, for treatment,” read Kashif’s discharge certificate, which also mentioned injuries on the upper arm, neck and chin.

Kashif was accompanied by Kafeel and another brother, Adeel Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Kafeel accused the police for putting the life of his brother in danger by “indulging in extended medico-legal processes and wasting crucial time when every second was precious”.

“Soon after he was shot at, Kashif himself called the circle officer (crime), superintendent of police (crime) and senior superintendent of police to inform them of the attack. In spite of his injuries, Kashif hired an auto rickshaw and reached a private hospital,” Kafeel said in a video posted on the social media.

Kafeel went on to accuse the police of “deliberately delaying” the surgical procedure. “We lost four golden hours due to police insensitivity. My brother was crying with pain and blood was oozing out of his wounds, but (the stone hearts of) these cops didn’t melt,” he alleged. “Despite the immediate need to remove the bullets, the superintendent of police (crime) – accompanied by a heavy police force – first took Kashif from the private hospital to the district hospital and then to the BRD Medical College. BRD authorities sent Kashif back, stating that all the medico-legal procedures had already been conducted at the district hospital. He was then taken to the private hospital, where he was operated on.”

Senior superintendent of police Shalabh Mathur denied the charges levelled by Kafeel. “He was referred to BRD from the district hospital, where he was rushed for medico-legal procedures. However, his family chose a private hospital for treatment,” he said.

Kafeel is out on bail after serving eight months in jail in connection with the death of over 30 children due to alleged oxygen shortage at the BRD Medical College between August 10 and 11 last year.

First Published: Jun 12, 2018 22:26 IST