In an unprecedented midnight hearing at the judge’s residence, Justice S Muralidhar and Justice A J Bhambhani ordered immediate evacuation of the injured from Mustabafad’s Al Hind Hospital. A forum, consisting doctors from various government and private hospitals, had moved Delhi High Court late Tuesday night seeking police protection for ambulances heading towards medical facilities with people injured in violence at North East Delhi’s Mustafabad area.
The bench also said that the injured be moved to GTB or other nearby hospitals, which had the facilities to treat them.
The court was hearing a plea by Concern Citizen For Peace, comprising doctors and documentary filmmaker Rahul Roy, who sought directions to the Delhi government and police to ensure their safety and protection during a visit to the riot-affected areas, including Al Hind Hospital. Their petition was listed for immediate hearing after they mentioned it before a bench headed by Justice G S Sistani that some goons had threatened their ambulances and forced them to return from Brijpuri T Point. While seeking access to the Al Hind Hospital, they prayed that their ambulances be allowed to provide required medical aid as hospitals there were not equipped to manage serious cases.
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Delhi government’s Additional Standing Counsel Sanjoy Ghose and officer of the Delhi Police assured the court that every effort will be made to provide better medical treatment to the injured.
The Delhi police officer apprised that over 20 injured have already been evacuated and the remaining, if any, will be rescued soon. Even while the order was being dictated, Delhi East DCP Rajneesh Gupta managed to reach the Al Hind Hospital and confirmed to DCP Rajesh Deo that the police were in the process of evacuating the injured to the nearest hospital.
Hearing this the court listed the matter for further consideration on Wednesday post-lunch when it will examine, whether any further direction is required in the matter or not.
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