Kashif Jameel Khan, brother of Dr. Kafeel Ahmad Khan, was shot by two men on Sunday. The incident happened near Goraknath temple area around 10 in the night. The identity of the motor-cycle borne attackers is not yet known. Dr. Kafeel Khan had been in constant conflict with the Adityanath led BJP government and was unjustly arrested in connection with deaths of 33 children at the BRD Medical College in Gorakhpur.
The incident happened near Goraknath temple while he was returning to his home in a bike. The attackers chased him and shot three bullets which hit on his hand, shoulder, and neck. He was rushed to Star hospital and is undergoing a surgery. The incident happened in spite of high security in the Gorakhpur temple region.
Kashif who is an engineer was active throughout the fight against the state to bail out Dr.Kafeel from Gorakhpur district jail. He succeeded after fighting the case in high court for nine long months. Dr. Kafeel responded to the media that he always had the fear that himself and his family would be killed.
Tarique Anwar, Newsclick journalist after talking with Dr.Kafeel posted in his social media account on the situation. “Spoke to Dr. Kafeel Khan. They are terrified. Is the UP government threatening Dr. Kafeel and his family so that he stops speaking?” read the post. He added that Dr. Kafeel said, “ We have a life threat now, please do something.”
Despite requests, Dr.Kafeel was not provided any security. According to reports, CM Yogi Adityanath was present near the area when the incident happened. He was present near the temple compound concluding his two day Varanasi visit.
Murders, death threats are becoming a norm in the BJP ruling country. It was last week that Vadgam MLA Jignesh Mevani and BASO leader Umar Khalid received death threats from a person who identified himself as Ravi Pujari, a fugitive gangster. Dr. Kafeel had shared a stage with Jignesh Mevani in a programme that happened in Kerala. In incidents of similar color, Suresh Oraon, anti-coal mine activist was shot dead in Jharkhand and Nilanjana Roy, SFI state president was attacked in Tripura by BJP goons. The police have registered a case against unidentified attackers.
After Narendra Modi came to power in India in 2014, there have been multiple high profile murders. Dr. Kulbargi, a well known secular thinker was murdered in 2015. Later on, 2017, Gauri Lankesh, a dissenting voice against the right-wing Indian Government was murdered outside her home. New information shows that forensic reports confirm both were shot with the same 7.65mm pistol.
Indian citizens are being increasingly targeted and killed by Hindu nationalists who are encouraged by the Modi Government. Modi Government has been spending marketing dollars on projecting India as a global power, but the country’s human rights indices are abysmally low for the past years after his government has come into power.