Lucknow: Dr Kafeel Khan, who is out on bail in connection with the death of infants at a state-run BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur last year, was arrested on Saturday for arguing with doctors and “disturbing” treatment being given to patients at a hospital in Bahraich where over 70 children have died in 45 days due to a ‘mysterious fever’. He was arrested along with his two associates, Suraj Pandey and Mahipal Singh. They were later granted bail, the police said.

As per reports, Dr Kafeel contradicted the doctors’ claim that a ‘mysterious fever’ is behind the recent deaths of the children and asserted that the symptoms are that of encephalitis. He reached the conclusion after speaking to the families of the admitted children, for which he had not taken prior permission from the authorities.

Dr Kafeel was arrested just before he was going to address media on deaths due to acute encephalitis syndrome in the state, his brother Adeel Khan claimed.

Briefing about the matter, Superintendent of Police Sabharaj Singh said, “Police got information that a person entered the hospital and disturbed treatment being given to the patients admitted there. He was also arguing with the doctors. The person was later arrested and introduced himself as Dr Kafeel Khan.”

Kafeel is one of the nine accused in the case involving the death of 63 children within four days due to disruption in the supply of oxygen at the Baba Raghav Das Medical College in August 2017. He was arrested by the Uttar Pradesh Police in September 2017. The Allahabad High Court had granted him bail in April this year.