Justice for Dr. Kafeel, who is in jail for last nine months for saving children lifes
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I am writing this letter to invite your attention to a very serious issue, regarding Dr.Kafeel from Ghorakpur, Uttar Pradesh.
Dr. Kafeel Ahmed Khan has been framed unjustly by the UP government for exposing its gross negligence.
The deaths of over 60 children in Gorakhpur's Baba Raghav Das Medical College hospital shook the country, making it one of the most unfortunate events of our times. When everybody lost hope, Dr. Kafeel stood up and managed to save lives of many children by swiftly acting by supplying as much Oxygen to the children paying out of his own pocket. But when Yogi Aditya Nath arrived in the hospital instead of appreciating Dr.Kafeel the tables turned. In kafeel's own words (from the letter he sent from the jail)
"But my life turned upside down when CM Yogiji Maharaj arrived next morning on 13-08-17.He asked – so you are Dr Kafeel? You arranged cylinders?
I was like – yes sir.
He got angry – so you think by arranging cylinders, you became hero,I will see it. "
The events followed that day proves how this innocent man was victimized. Somebody had to pay for the gross negligence of the adminstration and Dr.Kafeel was the chosen one.
The police charged the doctor under Sections 120B (criminal conspiracy), 308 (attempt to culpable homicide) and 409 (criminal breach of trust) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC). Charges of corruption and private practice against Dr.Kafeel have been dropped by the investigators wuich were earlier highlighted.
It is evident from the statements of his colleagues that Dr.Kafeel went out of his way to manage the crisis. Even the SSB – the central police force that protects India’s borders with Nepal, Bhutan and Bangladesh – had gone on record and said Dr Kafeel’s efforts and SSB’s assistance helped in fighting the crisis.
“It was an unprecedented crisis situation at the BRD Medical College on August 10. Dr Kafeel Khan came to the DIG, SSB and requested for a truck so that oxygen cylinders could be collected from various locations and be taken to the medical college,” a News18 report had earlier quoted SSB’s PRO OP Sahu as saying.
The District Magistrate set up a panel of high ranking officials immediately after the incident. The report indicted the then BRD Principal Rajeev Mishra, Chief Anaesthetist Dr Satish Kumar and Chief Pharmacist Gajanand Jaiswal for the oxygen crisis apart from holding Pushpa Sales responsible for disrupting oxygen supply over payment issues.
Of the nine accused in the case, the Supreme Court on April 9 granted bail to the oxygen supplier who was booked for criminal conspiracy and criminal breach of trust under sections of the IPC.
After rejection from a court in Gorakhpur, Dr Kafeel’s bail application has not been heard for seven months, with the Allahabad High Court continuously postponing it as either the government lawyer has not turned up, or the reply by the government needs more details, etc..
There are also reports showing that his family are also being tortured by the authorities. This has to stop. He must me given justice.
I humbly request you to kindly do all that in your capacity to give justice to Dr.Kafeel and family immediately. Treating Dr.Kafeel will prevent many like him who will go out of their way for humanity. The reputation of our justice delivery system and the petty politics is again under question before our citizens as well as the world. Lastly it is also an injustice to all those little souls who passed away unless the real culprits are punished. For India, for Humanity for those lost lives Dr.Kafeel must be given justice.
Human rights activist
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