By Abdul Bari Masoud
New Delhi: The Medical Service Centre, a national level socio-medical voluntary organization, held a protest demonstration against the termination of paediatrician Dr Kafeel Khan of Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College and Hospital by the BJP led Yogi Adityanath UP Government at Jantar Mantar near Parliament House here on Sunday.
Terming the UP government decision as the “fascist step”, protesters demanded that the UP government must withdraw the ‘black order’ of Dr Kafeel’s termination and reinstate him immediately.
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In the protest demonstration students and doctors from different Medical Colleges took part in support of Dr. Kafeel Khan. They held placards to denounce the UP government’s action calling it “fascist step” and “black order”.
Addressing the demonstration, Dr Bijnan Kumar Bera, General Secretary, Medical Service Center, came down heavily on the Adityanath Government for sacking Dr Khan “As you all know, BJP led Yogi in Uttar Pradesh, announced in news media that Dr Kafeel Khan, a well known humanitarian doctor who saved the lives of many children at BRD Medical College during oxygen tragedy, has been terminated from his service. Medical Service Centre, a national level socio-medical voluntary organisation, vehemently opposes this fascist step,” Dr Bera said.
He said the Yogi government has no regards to the Supreme Court which has dismissed all the charges against Dr. Khan.
“The Allahabad High Court as well as the Honourable Supreme Court has dismissed all the charges against Dr. Kafeel Khan. But none the less the Yogi Adityanath led UP Govt decided to dismiss him from his post once again without paying any regards towards the ruling of these judicial authorities’.
Dr Anshuman Mitra, Secretary, Medical Service Centre said that MSC is committed towards building up a nation-wide movement against the UP government’s decision. He asked all well-meaning individuals to come forward to participate in the protest.
Dr Khan had been attached to the office of Director General Medical Education (DGME) after his suspension on August 22, 2017, in the wake of the children’s death during the month. The Uttar Pradesh police have filed a number of cases and even arrested Khan on two occasions for his dissenting opinions and speaking out against government policies. He was sacked on November 10 after being found guilty in the probe into the circumstances leading to the death of children in the hospital, UP Principal Secretary (Medical Education) Alok Kumar said.
In protest meeting Dr Harshvardhan Hegde, Head Orthopaedic, Fortis Escorts; Dr Kafeel Khan, Dr Gauhar Reza, renowned poet and social activist; Dr Biplab Chandra, Central Committee Member, MSC; were addressed the gathering by vehemently opposing this undemocratic move.