Drunken doctor talks army into launching search op against ‘militants’

Srinagar: The Health Department ordered an inquiry Friday into the conduct of a doctor who went to an army camp in Kupwara in a drunken state on Wednesday and told the soldiers that militants had abducted him and forced him to treat their injured fellow.
Dr Ishfaq Leharwal, who is a medical officer at sub-district hospital, Kralpora, went to the camp of 16 Grenadiers and told them that he had been abducted and forced to treat an injured militant in nearby forested area.
The doctor’s claim sent the soldiers in a tizzy and they searched the area for militants. When their searches yielded nothing, they handed over the drunken doctor to the police for questioning.
“We have ordered a probe into the allegations that the doctor had visited the camp in a drunken state. A three-member panel will submit the report to my office within two days. If the allegations are found true the doctor will be terminated from services,” Kupwara chief medical officer Dr Munir Ahmad Khwaja told Kashmir Reader.
He said the panel will be headed by Dr Ramzan, while the block medical officer Kupwara Dr Nisar and assistant director planning Bashir Ahmed will assist him.
Dr Khwaja said Dr Ishfaq has been attached to the CMO’s office till the inquiry is completed. He said the staff at the sub-district hospital and local residents have also complained against the accused doctor’s misbehaviour.
“The complainants allege that he is a drunkard. I have not received a complaint against the doctor since I was posted as the CMO 10 months ago. However I have learnt that there has been lot of complaints against him before my tenure,” Dr Khwaja said.
Kupwara’s Superintendent of Police Mohammad Rashid said, “He appears to be mentally disturbed. He has done these dramas a couple of times earlier also.”