Gorakhpur Tragedy: Dr Kafeel of encephalitis ward arrested

New Delhi Sep 2: Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan, who was in-charge of the encephalitis ward where the deaths took place, was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Saturday. Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan was in-charge of the encephalitis ward at BRD Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur. 

According to SSP, Gorakhpur, Anirudh Sidhartha Pankaj, a police team had also went to the home of Dr Kafeel Khan, the former nodal officer of the acute encephalitis syndrome (AES) ward in the hospital who was removed after the deaths, to quiz him but he was not there. Mishra and his wife, as well as Khan, were among those named in the FIR lodged by the state government following a report by the state Chief Secretary Rajive Kumar, who headed a probe that went into the causes behind the child deaths. An STF official said Mishra and his wife were being quizzed but declined to share further details.

Earlier the U.P. Special Task Force had arrested the former principal of a government-run medical college in Gorakhpur and his wife in connection with the deaths of 60 children at its hospital.

On Dr Kafeel Khan, the SSP said, "Police reached his residence for questioning. However, he was not there. His family members have been told to support the police, so that they do not face any legal action during investigations." Recommendations were made by the probe team to initiate criminal action against Dr Khan for allegedly concealing facts and filing false affidavit and working against the rules of the Indian Medical Council. However, a group of doctors at AIMS-Delhi had come out in his support, alleging that he was being made a scapegoat by the authorities. Cases were registered under various sections of the IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Medical Council Act against Dr Rajiv Mishra, Dr Purnima Shukla, Dr Kafeel Khan, Dr Satish, Chief Pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal, Accountant Sudhir Pandey, Assistant Clerk, Uday Pratap Sharma of Pushpa Sales and Manish Bhandari. The IPC sections related to criminal conspiracy and culpable homicide. The official report by the chief secretary, however, denied lack of oxygen as the cause of death. Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath had formed the committee on August 12, a day after the deaths of children were reported at the hospital.  News24Bureau with Agencies