GORAKHPUR: Dr Kafeel Ahmed Khan who was arrested in connection with the death of over 70 infants at a hospital in Gorakhpur last year, walked out free on Saturday.
Khan is finally relieved to be back with his family after eight months. The visuals of Dr Khan meeting his mother, wife and child among others have gone viral on social media platforms making everyone emotional.
Kafeel offered shukrana namaz to Allah. Even though he is mentally tired, emotionally drained and physically sick, but extremely happy to be home, said Kafeel.
He was overwhelmed by the crowd outside his home. “So many people came to receive me which is unbelievable. I can count the relatives who came to meet me in jail. I just want to go to Muscat, if court allows, with my wife and daughter. My elder sister lives there,” he said.
Speaking to ANI, Khan said, “That day what I did was something that a father, doctor & a true Hindustani would’ve done. My job was to treat the children there I did extra work of arranging oxygen cylinders as liquid oxygen had got finished: Dr. Kafeel Khan on returning home after getting bail.”
He was arrested in connection with the death of over 70 children at the Baba Raghav Das (B.R.D.) Medical College Hospital in September last year.
In August 2017, as many as 70 children died, allegedly due to lack of oxygen supply, followed by another 70 in just four days, 15 of which passed away due to Encephalitis. The hospital, as well as the government, had received flak over the negligence.
FIRs were registered against nine persons including the suspended principal of B.R.D. Medical College, Dr Rajiv Mishra, Dr Satish, in-charge of oxygen supply and head of the anaesthesia department, Dr Khan, in-charge of the 100-bed AES (acute encephalitis syndrome) ward and two officials from the oxygen supplying agency the Pushpa Sales Private Limited.
Khan was also reportedly accused of stealing oxygen cylinders for his private clinic from the BRD hospital.