Srinagar: Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan, president Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK), who was arrested last week and booked under Unlawful Activities Act last week, was placed under suspension on Monday by the Health Department, sparking outrage among the medical fraternity.
An order (No. PS/MC/14/1584 dated 21-5-2014) in this regard was issued by the Under Secretary to the government, I R Hamdani.
“In terms of sub rule (2) of Rule 31 of the Jammu and Kashmir Civil Services (Classification, Control and Appeal Rules 1956, Dr Nisar-ul Hassan Malik, in charge Assistant Professor (Medicine) Government Medical College, Srinagar shall be deemed to have been suspended w.e.f May 19 for his detention in police custody for more than 48 hours in case FIR No. 15/2014 U/S 13 UL Act in P/S Karan Nagar, Srinagar,” reads the order.
An outspoken Dr Nisar has been criticizing the authorities for human rights abuses. Last week, he accused police of barging into hospitals to arrest alleged stone pelters. He had also accused BJP and Congress of strengthening the “illegal occupation of Kashmir with its military might.” A few hours after he issued the statement, police arrested him from the SMHS Hospital here and booked him under the Unlawful Activities Act.
General Secretary, Medical Faculty Association (MFA), Dr Sajad Qazi told Kashmir Reader that the issue of Dr Nisar’s suspension has come into his notice. He said an executive council meeting will be held shortly in which the issue will be discussed.
“We’ll request the government to reconsider the decision,” he added.
A DAK spokesman condemned the suspension of Dr Nisar and threatened agitation in case the order is not revoked at the earliest.
“The suspension of Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan has come as a shock to the medical fraternity. This is a highly condemnable act. Lots of patients are under his treatment. And these poor patients will be deprived of specialized care with the suspension of Dr Nisar,” a DAK spokesman, told Kashmir Reader.
“Dr Nisar was booked on false and frivolous charges for resisting the highhandedness of police who barged into the operation theatres and clinics to arrest the youth. This is an act of vengeance,” the spokesman added.