Gorakhpur Tragedy: Dr. Kafeel Khan Arrested, Non-bailable Warrants Issued Against Six

In Gorakhpur district the sanctioned staff of doctors is 284 too less vis-a-vis regular outbreaks of cholera and other viral infections

Thirty children had died on August 10 and 11in the children's ward of the medical college for want of oxygen.

According to the police sources Kafeel, who suspected to have fled to Nepal, was apprehended from the house a relative at Sahajanwan area in Gorakhpur district. Investigating officer Abhishek Singh told reporters that additional sessions judge Shivanand Singh had issued the NBW against seven of the nine people named in the FIR.

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.

He was the nodal officer of BRD Medical College's paediatrics department.

They were named in a FIR lodged by the UP government. The First Information Report was registered after a complaint was written by DG Health, KK Gupta, under Indian Penal Code sections 409, 308, 120B, 420, Prevention of Corruption Act, Section 8 of the Indian Penal Code, Section 15 of the Indian Medical Council Act, 1956.

As many as six Medical college officials, including its principal, were suspended.

There were allegations that the deaths happened due to disruption in oxygen supply as the vendor had not been paid for several months.

The arrests come in the wake of the probe report by a high-powered committee headed by Chief Secretary Rajeev Kumar, which indicted Mishra and others in the tragedy.

No death was reported in the encephalitis ward during this period, Dr Singh said, adding that 53 new cases were admitted in the hospital. Therefore, he was blamed for not informing Yogi Adityanath, Chief Minister of Uttar Pradesh, about the shortage of the cylinders and the debt of the hospital.

The BRD hospital is the biggest medical facility in the eastern part of Uttar Pradesh state, which is among India's poorest regions with the country's worst child mortality rates, Kumar said.



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