Dr Nissar’s arrest widely condemned

Srinagar: Describing the arrest of Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK) president Dr. Nissar-ul-Hassan as repressive and shameful act, the Jama’at-e-Islami Jammu and Kashmir has demanded his immediate and unconditional release.
“At the behest of local rulers, police is violating even the basic democratic values and fundamental human rights of the people. Even the very basic and fundamental right to freedom of expression is also violated and outraged,” a Jama’at spokesman said in a statement on Tuesday.
“Instead of getting infuriated at the criticism over unjust police actions and unethical and illegal practices, the police top brass should focus on reform,” the spokesman said.
Dr. Hassan had only expressed his conscience against certain police actions for which he was detained in police station Karan Nagar and a frivolous case slapped against him, he said, adding that the police action is totally unwarranted and illegal and cannot be justified by anyway.
Jama’at-e-Islami while expressing its anguish over the detention of DAK president demands that he and all other detainees should be released immediately and unconditionally.
Coaching Centres Association (CCA) of Kashmir also condemned Dr Hassan’s arrest. “Dr Nissar is a known medical professional. His only fault is that he raised his voice against injustice in addition to serving people,” it said in a statement.
Hurriyat Conference(G) chairman Syed Ali Geelani and Hurriyat Conference Jammu Kashmir termed Dr Nissar’s arrest as “unjustified, illegal and frustration of govermment” and demanded his immediate release.
Meanwhile, DAK said Dr Nissar’s detention was affecting patient care at SMHS hospital. “Besides being the head of DAK, Dr Nissar is also associate professor at Government Medical College and a large numbers of patients are being treated under his supervision,” it said in a statement.
“There is nothing wrong in stating that police can’t enter Operation Theater and Intensive care units with shoes on in search of injured youngsters. In these high dependence areas even medical staff has to change clothes, wash hands five times, wear sanitized gowns and remove their rings and watches as infection control measures. It seems there is no freedom of speech and right to show dissent in this state,” it said.
The DAK has appealed doctors to shut routine work in all hospitals for an hour from 10:00 am to 11:00 am except in emergencies, critical care units and operation theaters so that common people will not suffer. It warned of an indefinite strike if the government does not release Dr Nissar by Wednesday.