Dr. Kafeel Khan, a Gorakhpur doctor blamed for the death of 30 children at a state-run hospital in Uttar Pradesh last month, was arrested today from the house of his in-laws where he was allegedly hiding, the Uttar Pradesh police said.
A FIR was lodged by the UP government accusing him regarding the deaths of 30 children on August 10 and 11. The 30 deaths are among 418 reported from the Gorakhpur hospital in August and more than 1100 casualties since January, the highest ever.
Mr. Khan was in-charge of the encephalitis ward at the Baba Raghav Das hospital, where more than 60 children died in a span of five days, allegedly due to a shortage of oxygen cylinders. He was also a member of the supplies department that managed stocks and storage of equipment.
Initially hailed a hero, he was removed from the hospital after allegations of negligence and theft leading to a shortage of oxygen.
Along with him, six other were accused by the state government of many irregularities. They were – Manish Bhandari, Uday Pratap Sharma, Sanjay Kumar Tripathi, Satish, Sudhir Kumar Pandey and Gajanand Jaiswal.
So far, 1304 children have died at the BRD hospital this year. Between August 27 and 29, 42 children died in the span of 48 hours; seven were allegedly suffering from Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES). Officiating principal of the hospital, P K Singh, had said, “Till midnight on August 27, there were 342 patients in the pediatrics department, out of which, 17 died. Till midnight on August 28, there were 344 patients on bed and 25 of them died.”