UP infant deaths a 'man-made massacre' for commission: Doctor Bhopal, Oct 29 (PTI) Dr Kafeel Khan, who was arrestedafter the death of more than 60 children in a hospital inUttar Pradesh's Gorakhpur in 2017, on Tuesday called thetragedy a 'massacre' that took place for '10 per centcommission', and hit out at Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath.
The tragedy at Baba Raghav Das Medical College, whichshook the nation and made headlines worldwide, began with thedeath of 30 children on the night of August 10 that year,followed by 34 more deaths in the days to follow.
While many of the infants died allegedly due todisruption in oxygen supply because of pending payments to thesupplier, the UP government had maintained that the deathswere caused by Japanese encephalitis.
Khan, then a paediatrician at the state-run hospital,was accused of negligence. He was suspended and later arrestedfollowing an outrage over the infant deaths.
Speaking to reporters here, Khan said, 'The massacrehappened for just 10 per cent commission. It is not a tragedy,it is a man-made massacre.
'I am moving the Allahabad High Court shortly to getjustice for the deceased and seek punishment for the culprits.
I have immense respect for judiciary and the Constitution.' Attacking Adityanath, Khan, currently out on bail,said the Uttar Pradesh chief minister had, on August 13 thatyear, told him, 'I will see you'.
Khan said the contractor supplying oxygen to thehospital at the time had written 14 letters, including to theUP CM, for (release of) pending payments, but nothinghappened.
'It was just to get 10 per cent commission from theoxygen supplier that the massacre took place,' he claimed.
The doctor said it was surprising that despite aninquiry conducted by a principal secretary rank official inUP, whose report was released last month, 'the responsibilityof the deaths have not been fixed'.
Khan, who was in jail for eight months following hisarrest, further claimed, 'I have come out without a blemish inthe principal secretary's report.' UP Principal Secretary (Stamp and Registration)Himanshu Kumar, who investigated Khan's case, absolved thedoctor of any negligence.
'I was made the scapegoat, my wife was tormented bylaw enforcers. Eight others were victimised along with me. Thereal culprits are being saved,' he alleged.
Khan claimed the bullets fired on his brother wereactually meant for him.
His brother Kashif Jameel was shot at on June 10 lastyear when he was returning home on his motorbike near JPHospital in the Humayunpur North area of Gorakhpur, with threebullets hitting him.
'My brother was shot four times and injured. They(assailants) mistook him for me. Now my fight is to ensure thevictims get justice and the culprits get punished.
'The infants who died were not from any one community.
They were Dalits, OBCs, minorities, and they were poor,' hesaid. PTI LAL MAS BNMRSY RSY