DAK to observe April 18 as ‘black day’

Srinagar: President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) Dr Nisar ul Hassan Thursday said that doctors and paramedics will observe April 18 as black day against proposed extension of Tosa Maidan Land lease to Army for artillery drills.
“We extend our full support to the affected locals. The artillery shelling has caused loss of precious lives and left many disabled. People have lost houses and crops. People have lost their livelihood because they cannot move out because of fear of death. Children cannot go to schools. Majority of people from the area are suffering from depressive disorders,” Hassan said in a statement.
Dr Hassan said that cancers in the area are on the rise because shelling releases contaminants like mercury, lead, copper, lithium, manganese, depleted uranium which are highly carcinogenic. “Infants are born with malformations of brain, kidney and lung because of shelling. Tosa Maidan is a human issue and DAK is conscious of its responsibility to save humanity,” he said.
DAK has urged doctors and paramedics to wear black bands to protest against proposed extension of Tosa Maidan land lease, he said.