Once Hailed As A Hero, Gorakhpur Tragedy’s Prime Accused Dr Kafeel Khan Granted Bail

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| April 25 , 2018 , 18:03 IST

The spine-chilling Gorakhpur tragedy which killed more than 7- children due to lack of oxygen at the BRD Medical College has re-surfaced after 8 months as mishap's prime accused Dr Kafeel Khan was finally granted bail by the Allahabad High Court on Wednesday, April 25.

Dr Kafeel was booked under the charge of ‘attempt to murder’ but reports suggest that he has played a significant role in saving the life of dying children admitted to the hospital. Upon hearing about lack of oxygen availability, he gathered oxygen cylinders from nearby hospitals and companies.

Notably, Dr Khan was on a leave when the tragedy broke out and claims to have no hand in the death of innocent souls. His family had applied for his bail at least six times at different periods but all were rejected until now.

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His wife Shabistan Khan has argued that Dr Kafeel's health is deteriorating as he is a heart patient and "his blood pressure is running high without medicines. He had a severe chest pain so we pressed the authorities to take him to the hospital for a check-up."

Alleging that he was made a "scapegoat" in the tragedy which took place due to administrative failure, Dr Kafeel had penned an open letter asserting his innocence in the case. The court confirmed on Wednesday that since charge sheet has already been filed, of his custody is not needed. 

Dr Kafeel Khan was the in-charge of hospital's paediatric wing when the children died due to the shortage of oxygen after a private company cut supply over a payment dispute. The government blamed the deaths on Japanese encephalitis and acute encephalitis syndrome.