Gorakhpur hero Dr. Kafeel Khan's family is yet to gain respite from alleged persecution. This time his older brother Adeel Khan is being allegedly implicated in a case Khan feels is fake. Adeel and his associate Mohammad Faizan, have been booked for allegedly opening a bank account using fake documents, police have said.
Dr. Kafeel Khan told Sabrang that "this is a big conspiracy to hide their failure to catch those culprits who tried to kill my brother, and to keep my mouth shut...about the massacre that happened at BRD Medical College." According to him, days ago the police got one Ashish Srivastav and beat him "very badly," but Dr. Khan said he did not believe Srivastav was involved in his brother's shooting. Of this most recent FIR, Dr. Khan alleged that "initially they tried to put my name also, but in 2009, I was in Manipal, so they couldn't put my name...they put my brother's name."
An FIR was registered alleging that Adeel and Faizan opened a bank account in Faizan’s name, but submitted a photograph of one Muzaffar Alam. The driver’s license used to open the account reportedly had a photograph of Alam. However, another report has claimed that the license belonged to one Mohammed Zaheer. It was also alleged that the account was used for a Rs. 2 crore transaction.
Alam alleged to SSP Shalabh Mathur that, in 2009, Adeel and Faizan opened a bank account using his photograph and fake documents. "A complaint from Mudassar Alam was received regarding a bank account at the Union Bank of India and transaction of Rs 2 crore made from it," the SSP said. The complaint was investigated by Kotwali Circle Officer Atul Chaube, and, according to the SSP, "The CO Kotwali during probe found that the complaint was true as the bank account was opened at the main branch of the bank in the name of Mohammad Faizan in which photograph of Mudassar Alam was used and the driving license used was also fake".
Cantt police station Inspector Chandrabhan Singh said that a case was registered against Adeel Khan and Faizan under Indian Penal Code sections that included 420 (cheating and dishonestly inducing delivery of property), 467 (forgery of valuable security, will, etc) , and 471 (using as genuine a forged document or electronic record).
This case is the latest development for the Khan family, which has been beset since last year, after Dr. Kafeel Khan was arrested in September 2017, following the deaths of more than 20 children at Gorakhpur’s BRD Medical College, allegedly due to a shortage of oxygen. Khan spent several months in jail before being granted bail by the Allahabad High Court earlier this year, in April. On June 10, Dr. Khan’s other brother, Kashif Jameel, was shot by bike-borne assailants in Gorakhpur.
Meanwhile, the Times of India reported that in a press conference on Monday, July 2, Adeel Khan said, "Police is trying to frame me, Kafeel and Kashif Jameel in a fake case. It is putting pressure on one Muzaffar Alam of Shekhpur area in Gorakhpur to change date on an old complaint and lodge FIR against us at Cant or Kotwali police station," adding, "Police is not able to solve the case of attack on my brother Kashif as big names are involved in it. Now they are trying to frame us in fake case". Adeel has reportedly previously written to President Ram Nath Kovind and Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding that an honest police officer investigate his younger brother’s shooting. He also met with Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath on Friday, June 29, seeking a CBI investigation into the attack on his brother.
Dr. Kafeel Khan has accused Bansgaon’s BJP MP, Kamlesh Paswan, of being involved in his brother’s shooting, but Paswan has denied this allegation. Dr. Kafeel Khan has also alleged that the August 2017 deaths of the children were due to a "total administrative failure," and that alleged that he is "being falsely implicated in the case".