The Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (UP STF) on Saturday arrested Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan, who was in-charge of the encephalitis ward at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College, where more than 60 children died in a span of three days. As per Indianexpress.com, Khan was one of nine people named in a FIR that was lodged on August 24 on directives of Adityanath-led Uttar Pradesh Government. Khan was also found guilty of not adhering to the norms of the Indian Medical Council in the high-profile inquiry conducted by the district administration and later by the chief secretary.
The probe revealed that Khan took leave from the hospital without proper permission on August 11, the same day on which the hospital faced a shortage of oxygen supply. The probe also found that Khan delayed in informing his seniors about the shortage of supply. Earlier, Khan was removed from his post of hospital’s Nodal Officer for the Department of Pediatrics after a number of reports hailed him as a ‘hero’ who used personal funds to help manage the crisis. ANI reports that court has ordered Non-Bailable warrants against seven accused including Khan. The arrest was confirmed by STF’s DIG Manoj Tiwari.
Earlier, the probe report prepared by the Committee headed by Chief Secretary was presented to state Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath. The report catered towards suggestions and improvements for the better working conditions in hospitals in Gorakhpur and other districts. In a press release issued earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government had stated that probe committee has recommended registration of criminal cases against Dr Rajeev Mishra, former principal of BRD Medical College; Dr Satish, in-charge of oxygen supply and head of anesthesia department; Dr Khan, in-charge of the 100-bed AES ward; and Pushpa Sales.