Two men on a scooty reportedly fired at Kashif Jameel at around 11 p.m. and fled from the scene leaving him grievously wounded.
GORAKHPUR — Kashif Jameel, brother of Dr Kafeel Ahmad Khan, who is out on bail in connection with the BRD Medical College tragedy, was shot at by two unidentified motorcycle-borne men in Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath’s home base Gorakhpur.
Kashif, aged 34, was hit by three bullets — two bullets pierced through his shoulder and arm while the third was lodged in the neck. It was removed after an emergency operation early on Monday. The victim is stable, said his family.
He was rushed to Star Hospital in critical condition.
Dr Khan told the media that a bullet was lodged in his brother’s neck and he had to arrange for an emergency surgery to get it removed. His brother was reportedly shuttled from a private hospital to two government-run facilities, and back to a private hospital. The surgery reportedly took place around 2 am, three hours after the firing.
“Yesterday night I was insisting on a private hospital because I know a prominent neuro surgeon there. But the police kept saying that I must go to the Sadar hospital first and then to the BRD hospital. But it is the doctors at the BRD hospital who sent him back to this private hospital. So crucial time was wasted yesterday night,” Dr Khan said, reports NDTV.
Dr Kafeel said that he had always feared that he and his family will be eliminated. “An attempt is being made to murder me and my family,” he said. “My family was living under constant threat. We were not provided any security despite our requests,’ he added, reports DNA.
Kashif was the one who fought Dr Khan’s case and got him bail from the High Court after Dr Khan languished in Gorakhpur district jail for nine months.
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Dr Kafeel Khan was released on bail from the Allahabad High Court on April 25, after eight months in jail. The court said there was no direct evidence of negligence on his part in the case of deaths of children due to non-availability of oxygen cylinders at BRD Hospital, Gorakhpur.
More than 60 children, mostly infants, had died at BRD hospital in Gorakhpur within a week in August, 2017. Dr Khan was in charge of the pediatrics wing and had arranged oxygen cylinders from a private hospital. But he was removed and arrested on charges of negligence. His family insists he was made a scapegoat.