Elusive doctor Khan found and arrested by cops

Gorakhpur-AFP

Ever since, police had been conducting raids in various locations in order to apprehend the accused.

He was picked up by a team of the special task force (STF) from his in-laws' house located in a rural part of Gorakhpur, said Manoj Tiwari, STF's senior superintendent of police.

Sources said that the doctor, who is one of the nine persons accused of dereliction of duty, was arrested from Vikasnagar in Lucknow and will be taken to Gorakhpur for handing over to the police for further investigation.

The development comes a day after court in Gorakhpur on Thursday sent suspended BRD Medical College Principal and his wife to 14-day judicial custody in connection with 60 children's deaths within seven days. "The STF arrested Dr Kafeel on Saturday".




An FIR was lodged against him and six others earlier this week and a non-bailable warrant was issued by a fast track court on Friday.

The Gorakhpur hospital tragedy was started on August 10, where around 70 children died at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College.

The police had held Head, Anesthesia Department Dr Satish and former nodal officer of Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES) ward Dr Kafeel Khan guilty of criminal negligence resulting in death. Dr Khan is accused of not adhering to the norms of the Indian Medial Council, going on leave on August 11 - after over 30 children had been reported dead - without seeking permission and of failing to inform his superiors at the hospital that there was a shortage of oxygen cylinders in his department. Yogi Adityanath had formed the committee on August 12, a day after so many deaths of children were reported at the hospital. There were allegations that the deaths occurred due to disruption in oxygen supply as the vendor had not been paid for several months. The Uttar Pradesh government violently denied that the shortage of oxygen led to the deaths and an investigation committee headed by Chief Secretary Rajiv Kumar accussed Dr Rajiv Mishra and others of leniency and other charges.

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