Gorakhpur child deaths: Probe clears ‘negligence’ charges against Dr Kafeel

Dr Kafeel Khan | PTI file photo

Two years after the death of more than 60 children in Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College, a departmental enquiry has cleared all charges against paediatrician Dr Kafeel Khan who was suspended for medical negligence.

On Thursday (September 26), the departmental enquiry report was handed over to Dr Kafeel by the medical college administration. According to the report, the accused was proven not guilty due to insufficient evidences.

In August 2017 after an alleged shortage of oxygen in the government-run hospital as many as 63 children lost their lives over the period of four days. Khan was suspended soon after the incident and was jailed for nine months after a criminal case of medical negligence and corruption was filed against him. Subsequently, he was also charged with attempt to murder and criminal breach of trust by a public servant.

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The 15-page report does not hold Dr Kafeel guilty of “medical negligence” and says that he had made all efforts to control the situation on the day of incident.

Apparently, an investigating officer Himanshu Kumar, principal secretary (Stamps & Registration Department) had submitted the probe report to the Medical Education Department on April 18, 2019. However, the report was Uttar Pradesh government accessed the report but it did take any action, nor did it make the report public.

Reacting to the repot, Dr Kafeel has blamed Yogi government for keeping him in the dark about being discharged of the allegations made against him. He also claimed that he was made a scapegoat in BRD Medical College and demanded a CBI investigation.

Earlier today, Dr Kafeel tweeted saying government should apologize and give compensation to the victim families.

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