Dr. Kafeel Khan has been arrested from Gorakhpur in connection with the case of death of more than 60 children at the BRD Medical College and Hospital that took place last month, The New Indian Express reported.
Ever since, police had been conducting raids in various locations in order to apprehend the accused.
The doctor couple, arrested on Tuesday by Uttar Pradesh's Special Task Force (STF), was produced before the court of additional sessions judge Shivanand Singh, who sent them to the Gorakhpur district jail on a 14-day judicial remand. Our correspondent reports that the arrest came a day after a Gorakhpur court issued non-bailable warrants against seven people including Dr Kafeel. Dr Khan's arrest comes after the arrest of Dr Mishra and his wife Dr Purnima Shukla on August 29 from Kanpur.
So far, 1304 children have died at the BRD hospital this year. Six others, against whom nonbailable warrants were issued on Friday, remain at large.
Mishra and his wife were named in a FIR lodged by the UP government. In a press release issued earlier, the Uttar Pradesh government had stated that probe committee has recommended registration of criminal cases against Dr Rajeev Mishra, former principal of BRD Medical College; Dr Satish, in-charge of oxygen supply and head of anesthesia department; Dr Khan, in-charge of the 100-bed AES ward; and Pushpa Sales. Dr Khan is accused of not adhering to the norms of the Indian Medial Council, going on leave on August 11 - after over 30 children had been reported dead - without seeking permission and of failing to inform his superiors at the hospital that there was a shortage of oxygen cylinders in his department.
The 30 deaths over two days were attributed to shortage of oxygen after a private company cut supply over a payment dispute. Both Dr. rajiv Mishra and Dr. Purnima Shukla were booked according to the report submitted to Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath by the chief secretary.