Gorakhpur: Dr. Kafeel Khan, who was hailed as hero, but soon turned into one of the nine people accused in the deaths of 33 children on August 10 and 11 at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College got relieved from corruption charges, however police booked him with attempt to murder, criminal conspiracy and breach of trust, reports Hindustan Times.
Khan, and former BRD medical college principal Rajiv Mishra, were named in a second charge sheet filed by police on Friday at the sessions court in Gorakhpur, the constituency of chief minister Yogi Adityanath. Besides the three IPC sections similar to Khan’s, Mishra has also been charged under the Prevention of Corruption Act.
Dr. Khan, the head of the encephalitis ward and an assistant professor at the Pediatrics department was suspended after the incident. The basic charge levelled against Dr Khan by the office of DG Medical Education was that he collected oxygen cylinders from his private hospital. He rushed to private hospitals to get oxygen cylinders for patients admitted at BRD Hospital. Gaurav Tripathi, an eyewitness, “While other doctors gave up hope, Dr Khan managed the situation well by arranging oxygen cylinders from private nursing homes. He saved many lives by his efforts and presence of mind.”
Many hailed him as a hero for saving lives of the children. On the night of August 10, the central oxygen pipeline in the college premises started beeping, indicating low supply of the gas. The doctors and hospital staff knew that the supply could be maintained through emergency cylinders, but only for two hours. They did not know what to do after that.
Dr Khan drove two hospitals employees in his car to his friend’s private nursing home and borrowed three oxygen cylinders.He collected as many as 12 oxygen cylinders. The child specialist made four trips to the hospital to ferry these cylinders for children admitted in his ward.He also withdrew money from his ATM to pay for local supplier who was ready to supply oxygen cylinders on cash payment.
Later he was charged under Sections 120-B, 308 and 409 of the IPC.The Investigative officer Abhishek Singh said that they could not find any material and substantive evidence during the course of investigation against Dr Khan to prove that he was involved in corruption, indulged in private practice or violated any provisions of the IT Act. Unable to find any evidence, the Gorakhpur police have dropped corruption and private practice charges against Dr Kafeel Ahmed.
With PTI inputs