Srinagar: Police on Monday arrested the president of Doctors’ Association of Kashmir (DAK).
Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan was arrested by Karan Nagar police station and booked under the Unlawful Activities Act.
“An FIR no. 15/2009 has been lodged against him in police station Karan Nagar under Section 13 (Unlawful Activities Act),” police sources said.
On Saturday, Dr Nisar had accused BJP and Congress of strengthening the “illegal occupation of Kashmir with military might.”
Earlier on Monday, Dr Nisar in a statement to media had charged the police with depriving youth of medicare services by not allowing them to enter hospitals.
“The injured youth prefer to stay away from hospitals because of fear of getting arrested as police in (civvies) are waiting for them inside hospitals. Even if some youth manage to enter hospitals, they do not disclose their identity or cause of injury because of fear psychosis of police.
“Depriving youth (of) medicare services is worst form of human rights abuse. This is unacceptable and intolerable to us as health care personals,” Dr Nisar had said. “Police enter operation theatres with shoes on looking for injured youth. Doctors are harassed and threatened if they do not inform police about injured youth. Doctors are in a state of constant fear because of police presence in hospitals which comes in the way of efficient patient care.”
Dr Nisar said, “Police has to realize that India is using them against their own brothers. They should strike the doors of their conscience and acknowledge that they are part of the oppressed nation to which they have an obligation. Police should refrain from such antihuman acts and disobey their masters’ for killing youth as they are our real heroes.
“If Panchs are asked to resign, then we have every reason to tell Kashmiris in police to resign as they are being used for killing our youth.”
Meanwhile, the DAK has threatened that all doctors would go on an indefinite strike in the state hospitals if Dr Nisar is not released by Tuesday.
In an emergency meeting of DAK chaired by spokesperson Dr Suhail Naik, at Government Medical College Srinagar, the members of DAK condemned the unwarranted arrest of Dr. Nisar-ul-Hassan.
“The arrest of Dr Hassan is absolutely undemocratic, autocratic, dictatorial and unconstitutional. The members unanimously decided and warned the state government that if Dr Nisar is not released by (Tuesday) all the doctors of state hospitals including tertiary care will go on indefinite strike,” a DAK statement said.