SHRC seeks reports from admin, police and hospitals
SRINAGAR: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Wednesday issued notice to the Baramulla Deputy Commissioner and the Baramulla Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) to file a detailed compliance report by August 14 to answer how a student, namely Ubaid Manzoor Lone, was grievously injured in Border Security Force (BSF) firing on June 25.
Commission member Dilshada Shaheen also issued notice to the Principal, Government Medical College (GMC), and the Medical Superintendent, Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) Hospital, to file a detailed report clarifying whether the student died of medical negligence or not.
The direction was passed after rights activist Ahsan Untoo moved a petition before the SHRC stating that Ubaid suffered injury in firing by the BSF’s 149 Battalion on a group of students at Nadihal area of Baramulla district on June 25. He was immediately shifted to District Hospital Baramulla from where he was referred to SMHS Srinagar for further treatment but he was only shifted from one hospital to another, leading ultimately to his death at Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) hospital.
Referring to a news report, the petitioner pointed out that at SMHS hospital, the doctors were not available, and that after three hours of blood continuously oozing from his injury, the junior resident doctors referred him to the cardiovascular surgical department at Bones and Joint Hospital, Barzulla. Again the doctors who operated upon him were also “juniors” and could not find the vessel through which the blood was continuously oozing.
“Later, after more than an hour, the doctors at Barzulla again referred him to SMHS but the blood was not stopping and ultimately he was referred to SKIMS hospital, where he had succumbed to his injury.
The petition reads that continuous blood loss and shifting the patient from one hospital to another led to his death and it pleaded before the Commission to investigate the medical negligence on the part of the doctors on duty.