Srinagar: The government has issued circular directing forces to be sensitive towards people while dealing with law and order situations in wake of a woman’s roadside delivery in north Kashmir amid an Army crackdown .
“I have issued a circular directing security agencies as well as civil and police administration to be fully sensitive towards the general public and not harass anybody unnecessarily,” Divisional Commissioner Kashmir, Shailendra Kumar, said.
Kumar said the circular, issued last evening, also includes directions for allowing aged persons, women, sick people and students who have to appear in exams, to reach their destinations after checking their identity.
“Directions have also been given to allow all the government employees working in essential services including PHE, fire and emergency service and health department,” he said.
Kumar said the circular comes in the backdrop of an incident in north Kashmir’s Kupwara district where a woman delivered baby on road after being stopped by army from reaching a hospital.
The family of the woman alleged that the army personnel, who had launched a search operation in Kukroosa village, stopped them at two check-points for about an hour, which caused a delay in reaching the hospital.
Kumar said the incident was “avoidable” and “we were insensitive” in handling the situation.
“We were insensitive and the incident could have been avoided. But I have given a benefit of doubt to the forces as the soldiers are not as sensitised as officers and there was no officer present at that time,” he said. . The divisional commissioner said the family was stopped at first check-point for about half-an-hour and then for about 20 minutes at the second check-point, which means no message was passed by the forces to the other check-point.
“So it took the family about an hour to convince the forces to allow them, thus causing a delay. But thank God both the mother and the new born are safe and healthy,” he said.
Kumar said the need is to handle such situations appropriately otherwise it could lead to any kind of situation, adding “it is my duty to sensitise the forces and administration.”