Protest held in Kupwara

By Mohammad Amin

Kupwara: Staff of the District Hospital Kupwara, including doctors and ambulance drivers, protested on Monday to demand an end to the use of pellet guns in Kashmir and harassment of the healthcare works.
“Indiscriminate use of pellet guns must be stopped, as it is causing deaths and injuries to people across Kashmir. Most of the injuries caused by pellets prove fatal or cause blindness,” Dr Maqbool, who was among the protesters, said.
He said the government forces were not sparing even the drivers and vehicles.
“It is highly condemnable,” he said. “Everyone must realise that the medical services are very essential especially in the prevailing situation, and drivers and ambulances must not be targeted.”
Earlier in the day, an ambulance driver Khursheed Ahmad, who was ferrying an ailing child to Handwara Hospital from Kupwara, was beaten up by miscreants and his vehicle damaged near Drugmulla.
The protesters appealed the agitating youths not to resort to stone throwing on ambulances.
They said the ambulances ferrying patients from Kupwara hospital to Srinagar were often targeted by the government forces.
“A few days before army stopped an ambulance vehicle near Seeloo in Sopore town and sent it back. The ambulance was ferrying a patient from Kupwara hospital to a Srinagar,” said a doctor.

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