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Gorakhpur children's death: Dr. Kafeel Khan given clean chit

Twitterti demand apology from the government and an inquiry into finding those responsible

By The Telegraph in New Delhi

  • Published 27.09.19, 2:17 PM
  • Updated 27.09.19, 3:09 PM
In August 2017, over 60 children admitted to the BRD Medical College had died in just two days due to alleged shortage of oxygen in the children’s ward as well as the critical care units.
In August 2017, over 60 children admitted to the BRD Medical College had died in just two days due to alleged shortage of oxygen in the children’s ward as well as the critical care units. Twitter/@drkafeelkhan

Dr. Kafeel Khan, a pediatrician who was jailed for the alleged death of over 60 children in Gorakhphur, has been given a clean chit in the case by a Uttar Pradesh government-appointed inquiry team.

The report states that there was no negligence from the doctor.

In August 2017, over 60 children admitted to the BRD Medical College had died in just two days due to alleged shortage of oxygen in the children’s ward as well as the critical care units.

Due to a massive outrage, state chief minister Adityanath-led government suspended Khan, saying that he neither took any action nor warned his superiors about the issue despite being aware of the situation. However, the report by the inquiry team states that the doctor was not involved in the process of supply, tender, maintenance, payment or order of oxygen.

Reacting to the report, Dr. Khan said he was after two years he had been carrying the tag of ‘murderer’ but now he has been absolved. Over the children’s death, he said, “The real justice would be done when the real culprit are put behind bars.”

He posted his mother's reaction to the news on Twitter.

Many on social media reacted to the news, celebrating Khan’s clean chit in the case, while demanding that the UP government apologise to the doctor.

On social media, there were many who raised the question as to who is responsible for the deaths of the children.

A few other targeted the ruling government and the BJP over the arrest of Khan. 

Dr. Khan was jailed in on September 2, 2017. After eight months, he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court, which said that there was no direct evidence of negligence on Khan's part.

The report that absolved the doctor of all charges was submitted by Himanshu Kumar, a senior IAS officer who was in charge of the investigation. The report states that Dr Khan provided seven oxygen cylinders from his own expense to the hospital. It also states that Dr Khan had informed the hospital authorities concerned about the shortage of oxygen, contrary to the government's claim that he did not do the same.

In the video, Khan has demanded apology from the government, a CBI probe into the matter, and compensation to the affected families. 

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