SRINAGAR: A verbal brawl between a police officer and a doctor was caught on camera inside a trauma hospital in Qazigund area of south Kashmir’s Kulgam district.
The video of the incident went viral on various social media sites which prompted the J&K police to attach Deputy Superintendent of Police (DySP).
The DySP, Sahil Mahajan, who is still on probation in Qazigund town, was seen threatening the on-duty doctor, Naseer Tak and misbehaving with him.
“We have taken a suo-moto cognizance of the viral video and attached the accused officer with the office of DIG Anantnag,” Inspector General of Police, Munir Ahmad Khan told Kashmir Reader.
He said the departmental inquiry had also been ordered in the incident to bring the facts and events to fore.
“We immediately ordered the Departmental Inquiry into the incident after its video went viral,” Khan said.
Police also issued a statement about the incident and expressed regret for the action of its officer.
“In reference to the Qazigund incident, we regret it and at the same time assure that necessary action shall be taken into the matter,” said an official statement.
Dr Suhail Naik, President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) accused the DSP of misbehavior and threatening the on-duty doctor of implicating him in false cases when the doctor refused to sign a paper.
He said the DSP stormed into the Trauma hospital at late last night and tried to force Dr Naseer Tak to sign a medico-legal form of an accident case which had taken place in May 2017.
“The police officer used rude language with the doctor and threatened him of implicating in false rape cases. The doctor was not at fault as there was no provocation from him. He only refused to sign a paper about a medico-legal accident case. He would have cooperated with the police officer but he was not aware of the factual position about the accident which involves District Hospital, Anantnag and SKIMS Soura,” Dr Naik said.
According to him, the negative response from the doctor infuriated the DSP and started “misbehaving” with the doctor.
“The officer even threatened the doctor to pump bullets into his body and implicate him in false rape cases,” the DAK president said.
An amalgam of doctors, J&K Doctors Coordination Committee (JKDCC) today held a sit-in protest in Lal Chowk and condemned the Qazigund incident.
It hailed the prompt action by the police in this incident and demanded that the government should bring a legislation to make an assault on doctors, paramedics and damage to hospital property a “non-bailable offense.
“We demand the introduction of a bill in the upcoming session of J&K assembly to make an assault on doctors, paramedics during duty hours and damage to hospitals a non-bailable offense like that of 21 states of India,” convener JKDCC Dr M Yousuf Tak said.