Dr Kafeel Khan, the paediatrician out on bail in connection with the death of infants at the state-run BRD Medical College and Hospital in Gorakhpur last year, was released on orders of a magistrate on Sunday hours after his arrest on Saturday for “disturbing” treatment being given to patients at the district hospital in Bahraich, the police said.
Superintendent of Police Sabharaj Singh said, “Police got information that a person entered the hospital and disturbed treatment being given to the patients admitted there. He was also arguing with the doctors. The person was later arrested and introduced himself as Dr Kafeel Khan”.
Kafeel’s brother Adeel Khan said he was arrested just before he was going to address the media on the mysterious deaths in Uttar Pradesh. He had rubbished the claims of a mysterious fever and said the symptoms were similar to those of acute encephalitis. Kafeel was taken to Simbhauli Sugar Mill guesthouse and was not allowed to meet his family, Adeel alleged.
The BRD hospital was in the news recently because of the death of 70 children in 45 days because of a mysterious fever.
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Kafeel is one of the nine accused in the case involving the death of 63 children within four days because of the disruption in the supply of oxygen at the hospital in August 2017. He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police in September 2017. The Allahabad High Court had granted him bail in April this year.
(With PTI inputs)