- Brother of Dr Kafeel Khan was shot at on Sunday night in Gorakhpur
- Dr Kafeel Khan is out on bail in Gorakhpur baby death case
- No motive was found behind the shooting
Around 11 pm on Sunday, men on a motorcycle allegedly fired at Kashif Jameel, a businessman, and fled.
The doctor took to Twitter this morning and said, "Allah rahem kare. M not going to bend." He told reporters that the bullets have been removed from his brother's body, and "the operation has been successful. He is currently in ICU. Three bullets were shot at him in order to kill him. Who has fired, we do not know. But it was 500 metres from Gorakhnath Temple, where the UP Chief Minister was staying."
The 34-year-old was taken to a private nursing home after he was fired at. Dr Khan told the media that one of the bullets 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.
Hours after the shooting, Gujarat lawmaker Jignesh Mevani targeted the state's BJP government. Mr Mevani tweeted "Dr Kafeel saved children when Yogi Adityanath government had no money to pay for oxygen. He was put behind bars. Now his brother is shot at. Thank you so much Modi ji for what your 'acche din' are offering us - hate speeches, violence, bloodshed and bullets."
On April 25, Dr Khan was released on bail from the Allahabad High Court after eight months in jail. The court said there was no direct evidence of negligence on his part.
More than 60 children, mostly infants, had died at BRD hospital in Gorakhpur within a week in August, 2017. There were allegations that the deaths occurred due to disruption in oxygen supply. The BJP-led Uttar Pradesh government, however, had denied that shortage of oxygen led to the deaths.
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.