Uttar Pradesh’s Yogi Adityanath government has framed fresh charges against Dr. Kafeel Khan days after a departmental inquiry absolved him of all charges in the infamous 2017 BRD hospital tragedy that saw more than 30 children die due to lack of oxygen.
The government has also ordered a new departmental inquiry against Dr. Khan for spreading ‘misinformation’ and making ‘anti-government’ comments during his period of suspension. A report by The Hindu said that the BJP-led government of Uttar Pradesh had also charged him with ‘causing panic’ by forcibly treating patients in a paediatric department of the district hospital in Bahraich with ‘three, four outsiders’ on 22 September last year.
In total, Dr, Khan is now facing seven new charges against him.
Speaking to reporters, Principal Secretary, Medical Education Department, Rajneesh Dubey, said that ‘Dr. Kafeel Khan has not been exonerated in the case’ adding that he ‘has been spreading misinformation through social media’ about the investigation.
The UP government’s decision has evoked angry reactions on social media with many calling it vindictive action by the Adityanath regime. Journalist Paranjoy Guha Thakurta wrote, “This is a vindictive regime: Uttar Pradesh Government Orders Fresh Probe Into Kafeel Khan.” User Krittika tweeted, “Modi government is full of evils.” Twitter user Guppy wrote, “Perils of being a minority. What else can you expect from a fascist state?” “Yogi govt has initiated fresh probe against Dr. Kafeel Khan. Basically, Yogiji has already decided Dr. Kafeel Khan is guilty. Now he’s just trying to prove it,” wrote user Punster.
Earlier this week, Bollywood actor Paresh Rawal had issued a public apology to Dr. Kafeel Khan, who had single-handedly saved many children’s lives at a government-run hospital in Gorakhpur in August 2017. Taking to Twitter, Rawal had said that there was no shame in apologising.
Khan had become an instant hero after he paid for gas cylinders from his own money and saved many children’s lives amidst scores of children dying due to lack of oxygen at BRD College and Hospital in Gorakhpur in 2017. He was later arrested by the police controlled by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath and sent to jail for nearly nine months.
Last week, Khan revealed how a departmental inquiry had exonerated him of all allegations. Since then, many, including journalists, who mocked Dr. Khan two years ago, have been apologising to him.