Jailed doctor Kafeel Khan pens to PM, offers help in fighting COVID-19

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Mathura, March 27: Jailed Kafeel Khan, who was shifted from Aligarh jail to Mathura jail, has penned a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, demanding his release from prison so that he could also contribute during corona crisis by providing his medical services to the infected people.

On December 12 at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU), Kafeel Khan, a
pediatrician by profession, along with other students had led anti-CAA protests in Aligarh which was followed by riots in Aligarh.

On January 29, Kafeel Khan was arrested from Mumbai Airport. However, Khan was first kept in Aligarh district prison from where he was shifted to Mathura district prison on February13.

Doctor, who is lodged in the district jail, has written a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi demanding for his freedom to start his medical work to save the lives of the people in wake of corona virus infection.

The letter said that he should be released from the Mathura district prison and allowed to treat patients suffering from COVID-19.

The letter, written on March 19, was tweeted by his wife Shabista Khan, through his Twitter account tagging the Prime Minister, Prime Minister’s Office and the United Nations on Wednesday.

Jailor Arun Pandey of Mathura district prison confirmed the letter was sent on Friday, but he could not give the exact date.

Khan suggested that the government should implement more investigation and surveillance similar to South Korea and social distancing more strongly like China.

Apart from this, there are many things like setting up rapid lab testing centres, at least 100 ICUs in every district, 1000 isolation beds, special training to doctors-nurses, AYUSH doctors, private physicians etc, doctor advised.