Medics, paramedics protest against pellet guns, harassment

SRINAGAR: Doctors in various government hospitals across Kashmir staged a protest on Monday against the use of pellet guns over protesters and assaults on the medical staff.
According to Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) led by Dr G M Mir, doctors, paramedics, drivers, and supportive staff of the Health Department took part in the protests held also to express solidarity with the victims.
The body said the medical staff wore black bands during duty hours to express their resentment to the “inhuman and barbaric” acts going on in the Valley.
“In solidarity with the recent ambulance driver namely Ghulam Mohammad, who was shot at safakadal recently, DAK raised voice through this symbolic protest. Such acts are savagery, and deplorable,” DAK’s president said.
“It was matter of a few inches between his life and death. Acts like these need to be condemned and addressed, and that is why DAK had decided to lodge a solidarity protest Valley-wide,” he said.
He said the purpose of the protest was to highlight the worsening of the security situation for the medical staff in the Valley.
The body’s spokesman said it was getting difficult for the medical staff to perform its duties in the present crisis.
He appealed the authorities to intervene to end the harassment faced by the medical staff and demanded strict action against the culprits.
Chairman J&K Pharmacist Association, president Family Welfare Employees Association J&K, and president Drivers Association Health Department Kashmir also condemned the attacks.

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