CONTAMINATED FOOD: BANDIPORA ERUPTS IN PROTEST AFTER ANOTHER GIRL DIES

Bandipora, Oct 9: Massive protests erupted in this north Kashmir township when a girl succumbed at a Srinagar hospital after consuming “contaminated food.” The girl had been referred from here to ...

Bandipora, Oct 9: Massive protests erupted in this north Kashmir township when a girl succumbed at a Srinagar hospital after consuming "contaminated food." The girl had been referred from here to Srinagar on Monday evening. Meanwhile employees of the Health department went on strike and protested the alleged official highhandedness and unnecessary harassment by public.
 Protests by people erupted here after another girl Gulshan Bano succumbed in a Srinagar hospital, a day after the mysterious death of Mehnaza in Bandipora hospital yesterday.
 The protesters marched towards the main Bandipora road and reached the hospital where they attacked the Health department employees and injured Dr Firdous Ahmed, Nurse Shameema Bano and Lab Technician Ajez Ahmed.
 Witness said the protesters ransacked the hospital machinery, broke its windowpanes and damaged X-ray Plant inside.
 Earlier protests erupted in Bandipora on Tuesday after a 20-year-old girl Mehnaza died allegedly due to medical negligence at Bandipora hospital after she was admitted there along with her eight family members after "consuming contaminated food". The family alleged that Mehnaza died mysteriously while condition of Gulshan was stated to be critical.
 As the news of Gulshan's death reached her native village Manginpora, hundreds of villagers including women and children marched towards Bandipora town and raised anti-government and anti-administration slogans.
 As the protesters reached Kaloosa Bridge, police tried to halt them but they managed to cross the Bridge. Police used tear-gas shells to quell the protests. In the ensued clashes two person including a woman sustained minor injuires. The injured were identified as Javid Ahmed and Rukhsana Bano.
 The protesters were demoing action against the officers of the Health department who "have failed to manage the hospital."
 Concerned over the alleged public highhandedness and arrest of their colleagues, the Health dept officials Wednesday went on strike. They said they would court arrest against the alleged public and police highhandedness if the authorities fail to act against the people who attacked the hospital and injured a doctor.
 Meanwhile police lodged FIR against protesters who ransacked the public property.
 "Three persons were caught while ransacking the hospital machinery. They have been arrested and lodged in lockup," said a police officer.

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