Volunteers say troops hampering medical aid

Volunteers say troops hampering medical aid

By Nouman Parvez
SRINAGAR: Several volunteers and NGOs arranging lifesaving drugs and essential supplies for injured people in hospitals have accused police and CRPF personnel of hindering their humanitarian work.
Scores of volunteers said that while performing their duty they were thrashed and misbehaved with at various areas in the city by government forces.
They said that despite showing their identity cards and wearing uniform, they were subjected to harassment and their work impeded by government forces.
One of the volunteers associated with Athroth NGO said that on Monday he was going to Soura to arrange essential drugs for a patient from Shopian who had bullet injuries in abdomen and chest, when
police stopped him and told him to go back.
“I begged them to allow me to go but they did not. Luckily, some youth assembled and engaged them in stone-pelting, giving me a chance to proceed towards Soura,” he said.
Another volunteer, Waseem, said that government forces seemed intent on preventing medical aid from reaching the needy.

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