On the night of Sunday, June 11, the brother of Dr Kafeel Khan, an accused in the death of 63 children in Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College in Uttar Pradesh, was allegedly shot at by unidentified assailants. Thirty-four year old businessman Kashif Jameel was rushed to a private hospital, underwent surgery but is said to be in a critical condition.
The shooting took place just half a km from Yogi Adityanath's home. "I am very shocked that this incident has happened just 500 metres away from the Gorakhnath temple, which is the home of the UP Chief Minister," Dr Khan was quoted by NDTV.
According to Kotwali police station in-charge Ghanshyam Tiwari, around 11pm Jameel faced three round of bullets by assailants on an Activa who then took off. He suffered injuries in hand, neck and face. However, no complaint has been filed with regard to the attack so far. The cops are yet to figure out a motive behind this public shooting.
Due to red-tapism, the victim was shunted between government and private hospitals before the surgery could reportedly take place at 2am. "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," NDTV quoted Dr Khan as saying.
Dr Kafeel Khan was arrested after August 17 Gorakhpur hospital tragedy wherein at least 63 children had died due to shortage of oxygen, supply of which was disrupted due to non-payment of vendor dues. Eight months after the arrest, he was granted bail by the Allahabad High Court in April.