‘Non-availability of ambulance driver led to death of youth in Ganderbal’

Sheikh Anees
Kangan: Non-availability of Ambulance driver led to death of a young man and sparked strong protests in Kangan area of central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district.
Shouting slogans against the hospital authorities, the protesting people demanded stern action against the erring driver and concerned persons on the duty.
According to witnesses 22year old Mohammad Rafiq Bhat son of Abdul Rashid Bhat resident of Kachnambal Kangan a mechanic by profession fell unconscious on Wednesday afternoon at his own automobile shop.
Rafiq was brought immediately to Trauma Hospital Kangan but there was no Ambulance driver available in the Hospital to ferry him to SKIMS Soura for special treatment. The driver of the hospital ambulance was not on duty and had gone to somewhere without informing anybody, relatives of the deceased said.
They said that after calling a local from nearby Sumo Stand Kangan, Rafiq was taken to SKIMS Soura however doctors declared him brought dead at 9 pm Wednesday.
Relatives of the deceased and other residents early today closed Srinagar-leh Highway at main market Kangan and demanded strict action against the ambulance driver and other concerned persons on duty.
Protests were going on when reports last came in
When contacted Shabir Ahmad Awan, BMO Kangan told Kashmir Reader that they have suspended the ambulance driver and besides have constituted a committee to probe the matter.