Kafeel Khan arrested in Mumbai over ‘inflammatory remarks’, handed over to UP Police

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Mumbai/Lucknow:  Uttar Pradesh police Thursday obtained transit remand for Kafeel Khan, arrested in Mumbai for allegedly making inflammatory remarks at an anti-CAA protest at Aligarh Muslim University last month.

A police official said the doctor, who has earlier faced arrest following the deaths of several children at a hospital in UP’s Gorakhpur in 2017, was being taken to Uttar Pradesh.

A UP special task force arrested him in a joint operation with Mumbai Police Wednesday, when he reached the city to attend a protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act. The STF said he will be brought to Aligarh.

Khan was arrested in connection with a case registered at the Civil Lines police station in Aligarh, police said. He was booked under section 153-A of the Indian Penal Code for promoting enmity between groups.

Khan is accused of making inflammatory remarks on December 12 during a protest near Bab-e-Syed Gate outside the Aligarh Muslim University in front of over 600 students protesting against the new citizenship law.

An official also alleged that the Gorakhpur doctor had made objectionable comments against Union Home Minister Amit Shah.

Following the arrest, Khan was taken to Mumbai’s Sahar police station.

In Gorakhpur, his brother Adil Khan alleged on Thursday that the doctor was arrested to give the ruling BJP an advantage in the Delhi Assembly polls on February 8.

The doctor was earlier arrested for his alleged role in the deaths of over 60 children in one week at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur in August 2017. Short supply of oxygen at the children’s ward was blamed at that time for the deaths.

About two years later, a state government probe cleared Khan of all major charges, prompting him to seek an apology from the Yogi Adityanath government.

Following an outrage over the Gorakhpur deaths, Khan was suspended and arrested with the UP government claiming that he had failed to take prompt action or warn his superiors about the impending crisis.

In Gorakhpur, his brother Adil Khan has questioned Wednesday’s arrest.

“It is clear that the motive behind the arrest was political gain during the Delhi Assembly election,” Adil Khan claimed.

“It is alleged that my brother has no faith in the Constitution, which is wrong as his speech is available on social media and nowhere has he said this. He is falsely accused and wrongly arrested,” he told PTI.

(PTI)

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