Srinagar: The State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Thursday called for a report from the J&K Director General of Police (DGP) regarding exemption of ambulances and school buses from the ambit of restrictions during military/ paramilitary convoy movement.
Commission Chairperson Rtd Justice Bilal Nazki issued the notice to the state police chief calling for a report after a petition was filed by rights activist Ahsan Untoo pleading that school buses and ambulances be exempted from the ambit of restrictions during convoy movement.
The petition stated that due to restrictions, all movement of civilian vehicles including school buses and ambulances is halted, causing hardships to general public and in particular to patients and students.
The petitioner said that halting ambulances that are ferrying patients in critical condition may result in the death of patients. Also, the education of students is adversely affected when their buses are stopped, Untoo said.
The petitioner pointed out that the private schools’ association has already expressed its concern at students and staff being made to wait on the road during convoy movement.
The petitioner pleaded that at least school buses and ambulances should be exempted from the restrictions.