Mani Shankar Aiyar visits Srinagar hospital to meet victims, gets thrown out by protesters

The hospital corridors reverberated with slogans like "Go India Go Back" when the ten-member group were in the hospital.

Written by Sofi Ahsan | Srinagar | Updated: August 19, 2016 7:03 pm
Srinagar, srinagar hospital, kashmir, kashmir injured, kashmir hospitals, mani shankar aiyar, smhs hospital, smhs hospital protets, kashmir protests, kashmir news, india news Injured people being treated at SMHS Hospital in Srinagar on Thursday following recent clashes between protesters and security forces. (PTI Photo)

Congress leader and former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar and journalist Prem Shankar Jha faced a hostile crowd at Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital, when they went to meet the civilians, injured during the ongoing protests, on Thursday but were forced to leave the institute after protests from volunteers and attendants.

Aiyar and Jha who were a part of a delegation of individuals which included journalists and activists were asked to leave the premises while the journalists and others were allowed to visit the wards where they interacted with the injured. “We don’t shake hands with murderers,” attendants told Aiyar, according to a doctor in the hospital.

Sources said the patients met with the group of journalists and activists and narrated the situations during which they suffered the injuries. “They were not allowed to take photographs in the ophthalmology wards, where most of the pellet victims are admitted,” Ubaid Ahmad, a volunteer in the hospital said. “There was anti-India sloganeering inside the wards when they were present.”

The hospital corridors reverberated with slogans like “Go India Go Back” when the ten-member group including social activist Shabnam Hashmi, former Air vice-marshal Kapil Kak and others were in the hospital. “We just want azadi and nothing more,” the attendants told the delegation. Volunteers accompanied the delegation to wards where the injured, including youth who have been hit by pellets in eyes, were admitted.

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Srinagar, srinagar hospital, kashmir, kashmir injured, kashmir hospitals, mani shankar aiyar, smhs hospital, smhs hospital protets, kashmir protests, kashmir news, india news Congress leader and former union minister Mani Shankar Aiyar. (File)

“The purpose of the delegation was to assess the damage caused by pellet guns and listen to the injured. We were not at anybody’s behest in the hospital,” Bashir Assad, a member of the delegation, who claimed to have co-ordinated their visit, said. Assad was formerly affiliated with the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

Assad said Aiyar was turned back by the attendants in the hospital because of his Congress affiliation and Jha too was asked to leave the hospital. “There is a lack of political response in Valley and it was felt at least the civil society of India should visit Kashmir and feel the pain of people,” he said.

The “civil society members” were the first Indian delegation to visit the hospital since the protests began in Valley following the killing of militant commander Burhan Wani on July 8.

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    Abninav
    Aug 19, 2016 at 4:51 pm
    Song for Mani Shankar aiyyar "zor ka jhatka hai zooron say laga ".....
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      Jamboo
      Aug 19, 2016 at 8:37 am
      Behench0d0n ko azzadi milegi zindagi se .......zaroor milegi
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        Jay
        Aug 19, 2016 at 6:52 am
        Did they mistake him as Indian? He is actually one among them, working against the country.
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          Karun
          Aug 19, 2016 at 6:55 am
          This Congy thug never visited any hospital where injured security personnel were treated, but visits enemies. Such is his and his party's loyalty to the nation.
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            khan
            Aug 19, 2016 at 5:07 am
            Azadi is on fast track. Bullets , rape by soldiers, atrocities and human rights violations have not deterred Kashmiris .
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              Maniktripathy
              Aug 19, 2016 at 6:41 am
              Well he Mani should have been taught a lesson and thrown out of india...A disgrace to nation....
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                ganapathi Krishna
                Aug 19, 2016 at 12:03 pm
                this doe not have any self respect
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                  Pradeep Manohar
                  Aug 19, 2016 at 5:52 am
                  Mr. Iyer,,,,Why did you go there in the first place ?
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