Probe ordered into woman’s roadside delivery

Srinagar: Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Friday ordered a time- bound inquiry into a woman’s roadside delivery after she was allegedly prevented by a joint team of army and SOG from reaching a local hospital in Handwara Tehsil of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district yesterday..
Asiya Jaan had given first birth to a baby on roadside after she was held up for more than an hour by army’s 6 RR and SOG personnel near Harkarpora-Kalipora in Kukroosa..
“I have ordered an enquiry into the entire incident and nominated Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Kupwara Dr Aleem as investigating officer. He shall submit his report within two days”, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Itrat Hussain was quoted as saying by a local news agency GNS.
The enquiry has been ordered following DC’s visit to Public Health Centre (PHC) Kukroosa where he chaired a meeting of officers from police and health department.
“The doctors as well as the paramedical staff told me that they were not allowed to proceed by army,” the DC said.
“The interaction was held in presence of the concerned Station House Officer (SHO) along with other officers of police and administration from the district,” headed.
The DC also interacted with the relatives of the lady to enquire about the circumstances leading to the incident.
“The relatives told me that personnel from army’s 6 RR and SOG did not allow them to proceed towards PHC for about an hour and a half,” the DC said.
“The family told me that finally when they were allowed to pass through , they found the hospital locked,” he added.

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