Ban on night travel: Ambulance driver beaten

In the wake of restrictions imposed on the movement of vehicles during night time in North Kashmir, authorities at Sub District Hospital Handwara have directed staff not to refer patients to Srinagar hospitals during night hours.

In the wake of restrictions imposed on the movement of vehicles during night time in North Kashmir, authorities at Sub District Hospital Handwara have directed staff not to refer patients to Srinagar hospitals during night hours. The restrictions on night travel by the government and the latest directions from the hospital authorities have come in for severe criticism from people who call the move as "anti-people" and are stating that patients can lose their lives if not referred to Srinagar in time.

Meanwhile, staff at District Hospital Kupwara alleged that all the ambulances carrying patients mostly pregnant women were halted at Seelu Sopore by Army and not allowed to proceed towards LD Hospital Srinagar. "I was having a lady patient in my ambulance (JK1J-1340) when Army men near Seelu Sopore stopped me and prohibited us from proceeding towards Srinagar. I was ruthlessly beaten up and made to crawl on the road," the driver of the ambulance, Parvez Ahmed posted at District Hospital Kupwara told CNS.

SP Sopore, Harmeet Singh Mehta, said that it would have been better for the ambulance driver to approach police station and lodge a complaint. "Though night curfew remains in vogue in the town yet everyone is free to visit police stations for registrations of any complaint," he said.

Despite repeated attempts, Srinagar based Defence spokesperson did not pick up the phone. CNS

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