A youth with a bullet injury, who was being taken from Bijbehara to Srinagar in an ambulance, was stopped by police and forcibly taken to the police station Friday, doctors at Bijbehara sub-district hospital have said. The youth was released two hours later, only after senior officials intervened.
Doctors alleged this is the second time SHO, Bijbehara, Arshad Khan had stopped an ambulance taking a seriously injured patient to Srinagar. They also said Khan had threatened to book eight officials of the hospital under Public Safety Act. On Saturday, the hospital administration staged a protest against the police.
Dr Showkat, superintendent of the hospital, said Auqib Ahmed had sustained a gunshot wound during protests. “After initial treatment, he was referred to Bone and Joint Hospital in Srinagar.”
He alleged that after travelling about 3 km, the ambulance was stopped on the national highway by the SHO, who then took it to the police station. “Our driver was manhandled. The ambulance and the patient were released only after senior officials intervened,” he alleged. He said last month, another youth, Amir Latoo, was being taken to Srinagar with bullet injury when the ambulance was stopped for three hours. “The delay caused his death.”
But SHO Khan said the youth being taken to Srinagar on Friday is a “known stone-pelter” who had shot himself in the foot while fiddling with his own gun. “When he was brought to the hospital, officials didn’t inform police despite it being a medicolegal case. We stopped the ambulance and questioned the injured. Later, we allowed him to proceed,” he said.
He also said five staffers of the hospital have been found to be involved in stone-pelting. and instigating people to join the protests.