A pediatrician, Dr. Khan first made headlines after he was jailed for the deaths of over 60 children at a hospital in UP's Gorakhpur.
The STF was acting on a complaint registered against the pediatrician for making inflammatory speeches at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) last month.
Following arrest, Dr. Khan taken to Sahar Police Station
Reportedly, Dr. Khan was arrested from the Mumbai airport in a joint effort by the STF of the UP Police and the Mumbai Police.
According to PTI, following the arrest, Dr. Khan was taken to the Sahar Police Station.
After the completion of all formalities, he will be taken to UP on transmit remand, officials reportedly said.
Dr. Khan was scheduled to join anti-CAA protests in Mumbai
Notably, the arrest was made a day before Dr. Khan was scheduled to attend an indefinite "Mumbai Bagh" protest at Nagpada against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The demonstration—which started on January 26—is inspired by the indefinite women-led sit-in protests at Delhi's Shaheen Bagh.
Last month, Dr. Khan was booked for 'promoting religious enmity'
An official of the Mumbai Police reportedly said, "Officials of the UP STF arrested Dr. Kafeel Khan in a case which was registered at Civil Lines Police Station under section 153 A (promoting enmity between different groups) of IPC."
The FIR mentioned was registered on December 13, 2019, in Aligarh, against speeches that Dr. Khan had made at an AMU protest a day before.
Here's what Dr. Khan had said at AMU
According to The Hindu, the FIR quoted Dr. Khan's remarks at AMU.
The FIR stated, "Dr. Kafeel allegedly said through the CAA, 'we are giving employment in our homes to thieves who are stealing in our neighborhood.'"
It added, "Dr. Kafeel said in his speech that Mota bhai (Union Home Minister Amit Shah) teaches us to become Hindu or Muslim, but not human beings."
Dr. Khan was arrested in 2017 after Gorakhpur hospital deaths
Dr. Khan had made the remarks while addressing a crowd of around 600 students during a protest at AMU's Bab-e-Syed Gate.
Previously, Dr. Khan had made headlines back in 2017 after the death of over 60 children at Gorakhpur's BRD Medical College. He was suspended, arrested and jailed.
However, in September 2019, a UP government report cleared him of all major accusations.