Gorakhpur doctor ARRESTED for death of children

Gorakhpur, Sep 2: The UP Police on Saturday arrested Dr Kafeel Khan who was removed from his post in the state-run hospital here after 30 children died in two days last month, a senior official said. It is the third arrest in the case, and six others, against whom non-bailable warrants were issued on Friday after their names figured in an FIR after the deaths, remain at large.

The Special Task Force had on August 29 arrested the former principal of the the BRD medical college, Rajiv Mishra, and his wife, Purnima Shukla, after their questioning and they were remanded to 14-day judicial custody on September 1.

"Yes, Dr Kafeel Khan has been arrested. He was arrested by the STF from outskirts of Gorakhpur," SSP Gorakhpur Anirudh Sidhartha Pankaj told PTI today.

Khan was the nodal officer of the 100-bed AES ward at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College and was removed following the deaths on August 10 and August 11.

Police had earlier gone to Khans residence to quiz him but did not find him there. The warrants were issued 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, mostly of infants, cases were registered under various sections of the IPC, Prevention of Corruption Act and the Indian Medical Council Act.

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.

PTI