Shocked over the shooting at an ambulance driver by a CRPF man in Safa Kadal area of Srinagar last night, a doctors' body in Kashmir on Friday expressed serious concern over what it said a "new systematic pattern of atrocities against medical personnel".
While deploring the attack, President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said that firing at an ambulance driver is an "unacceptable act of barbarism."
On Thursday night, Gh Mohd Sofi, an ambulance driver was ferrying patients from PHC Wusan of block Kangan to Srinagar hospitals, when forces fired at him.
Despite sustaining severe injuries, he drove the ambulance to SMHS hospital to drop the patients before he himself was taken to Bone and Joint hospital Burzalla, where he is undergoing treatment.
"It is terrible that medical staff is targeted like this," DAK said.
"This dastardly act has send shivers across the people and medical fraternity in particular. It has created a frightening atmosphere and the medical staff is in a state of shock. We are speechless at this horrific act."
In the last few weeks, DAK said, they have witnessed repeated attacks on medical staff.
"Hospitals were shelled, ambulances are being vandalized and staff beaten. These attacks on medical staff have become a routine now and there seems to be no end to them. This new systematic pattern of atrocities against medical personnel is a matter of serious concern," said Dr Hassan.