Gorakhpur Tragedy: UP STF Arrests Accused Dr Kafeel Khan

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Lucknow: Uttar Pradesh Special Task Force (STF) on Saturday arrested Dr Kafeel Khan from Gorakhpur in connection with the BRD Medical College tragedy that led to the deaths of scores of children.

Khan made headlines few days after the tragedy surfaced for his quick responsiveness.
However, later reports suggested that Khan was involved in stealing of oxygen cylinders from the hospital for his private clinic.

After the allegations surfaced, Dr Khan who was the nodal officer of BRD Medical College’s Department of Pediatrics was removed from all hospital duties.

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Allegations are that Dr Kafeel Khan, in cahoots with former principal of BRD Medical College, Dr Rajiv Mishra and his wife Purnima Shukla, are responsible for the death of 68 patients.
Earlier on Friday, a court in Gorakhpur issued non-bailable warrants against seven people including Dr Khan.

The development came a day after the former principal of the college Dr Rajiv Mishra and his medico-wife Purnima Shukla were sent to judicial custody for 14 days.

Additional sessions judge Shivanand Singh issued the NBW against seven of the nine people named in the FIR, investigating officer C Abhishek Singh said.

Apart from Dr Khan, warrants were issued against anstheist Dr Satish, pharmasist Gajanan Jaiswal, accountant Sudhir Pandey, assistant clerk Sanjay Kumar Tripathi and gas suppliers Uday Pratap Singh and Manish Bhandari.

Khan, who was the nodal officer, has already been removed from the post.

Following the deaths, mostly of infants, cases were registered under various sections of the IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Medical Council Act against nine people, including the doctor couple.