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UP government is harassing Dr. Kafeel Khan: Priyanka Gandhi on dismissal

Lucknow: Dr. Kafeel Khan, a pediatrician of Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College, Gorakhpur, has been dismissed from his job in connection with the death of children due to lack of oxygen. Kafeel was suspended after the accident. The committee constituted in this matter was investigating the matter.

Kafeel Khan was appointed as a lecturer in the Department of Pediatrics. About 70 children died due to a lack of oxygen supply in the medical college. This figure of children’s death was later increased even more. The media at the time had reported that Kafeel Khan had spent his money to buy oxygen cylinders, and worked overtime to rectify the situation. Later, the Uttar Pradesh (UP) government denied that any deaths were due to a lack of oxygen.

After being suspended, Dr. Kafeel Khan responded by writing, “63 children died because the government did not pay O2 suppliers. 8 doctors, staff were suspended and 7 reinstated. Multiple investigations/medical negligence and corruption by the court.” Despite getting a clean chit in the charge of – I am sacked. Parents – wandering for justice. Justice? Injustice? You decide!”

Chargesheet was filed against these accused in 2017:

This list was prepared on the basis of the inquiry committee formed by the DM and the inquiry committee headed by the Chief Secretary.

  1. Former Principal Dr. Rajeev Mishra,
  2. Dr. Kafeel Khan, in-charge of Encephalitis Ward,
  3. Dr. Satish Kumar, head of the department of anesthesia and in-charge of oxygen,
  4. Chief Pharmacist Gajanan Jaiswal,
  5. Accountant Uday Pratap Sharma,
  6. Sanjay Kumar Tripathi,
  7. Sudhir Kumar Pandey,
  8. Manish Bhandari, director of Pushpa Sales Private Limited, a company that supplies oxygen,
  9. And Dr. Purnima Shukla, wife of former principal Dr. Rajiv Mishra was convicted.

Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi wrote, “The dismissal of Dr. Kafeel Khan by the UP government is motivated by ill-will. The government, driven by a hateful agenda, is doing all this to harass him. But the government should keep in mind that it is not above the constitution. The Congress party is with Dr. Kafeel in his fight for justice and will always be.”

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Significantly, in response to an RTI, the BRD administration admitted that it was facing a shortage of oxygen cylinders on the night of 11 August 2017. He said that around six cylinders were procured from other hospitals and the then nodal. Kafeel Khan had arranged four oxygen cylinders on his own.

After this Kafeel Khan was released on bail after 9 months of imprisonment. The court ruled that there was no evidence of negligence on the part of Khan. Khan termed the incident a genocide and blamed the UP administration for it. Khan claimed that he was made a scapegoat by the Yogi Adityanath government. On 27 September 2019, Khan was acquitted of all charges in connection with the 2017 Gorakhpur hospital deaths.

Re-arrest and release

Khan was arrested in Mumbai on 13 December 2019 by a special task force of Uttar Pradesh Police under the National Security Act. These arrests were made due to a speech given by him at Aligarh Muslim University during the anti-CAA protest. He was granted bail by a court in Aligarh on 10 February 2020 but was arrested again on 13 February 2020.

On 1 September 2020, he was released by the Allahabad High Court, and all charges against him under the NSA were dropped.

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Rajan Chaudhary
Rajan Chaudhary is a freelance journalist from India. Rajan Chaudhary writes for various media organizations mainly compiles news on various issues including youth, employment, women, health, society, environment, technology.

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