Gorakhpur deaths: Dr Kafeel arrested

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 03 Sep 2017 09:09:06



THE Special Task Force (STF) of the Uttar Pradesh police on Saturday arrested Dr Kafeel Khan, former nodal officer of the AES ward at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College here, in connection with the death of 30 children within 48 hours last month.
A day after a local court here issued non bailable warrants against seven accused including Khan, STF nabbed him from the outskirts of Gorakhpur.

“Khan was apprehended today at around 9 am from Gorakhpur and he is being handed over to Gorakhpur Police,” IG, STF, Amitabh Yash told PTI.
Khan’s is the third arrest made by the STF in the case after former principal of the medical college, Rajiv Mishra, and his wife, Purnima, were taken into custody by the UP STF on August 29 for questioning in connection with the deaths.
The doctor couple, who are named in an FIR lodged by the UP Government, were picked up from Kanpur, where they had reportedly gone to consult a lawyer.

Additional sessions judge, Shivanand Singh who had sent the former principal and his wife to 14 days in judicial custody had on Friday issued non-bailable warrants against Khan, anaesthetist Dr Satish, pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal, accountant Sudhir Pandey, assistant clerk Sanjay Kumar Tripathi and gas suppliers Uday Pratap Singh and Manish Bhandari. Following the deaths cases were registered under various sections of the IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Medical Council Act against the nine.

Mishra was suspended as principal of the medical college on August 12 after the deaths were reported. He resigned the same day taking moral responsibility. There were allegations that the deaths occurred due to disruption in oxygen supply as the vendor had not been paid for several months.