Volunteers disallow ‘fact-finding team’ from Delhi to meet injured

A fact-finding non-governmental team from New Delhi arrived here on Thursday to meet civilians injured during the ongoing unrest in Kashmir.
Volunteers disallow ‘fact-finding team’ from Delhi to meet injured
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A fact-finding non-governmental team from New Delhi arrived here on Thursday to meet civilians injured during the ongoing unrest in Kashmir. However, two members of the team—Mani Shankar Aiyar (MP) and Prem Shankar Jha (Journalist)— were not allowed to meet the injured by volunteers at SMHS hospital here. 

Sources told Greater Kashmir that the team comprising Aiyar, Jha,Vinod Sharma, MK Venu, Ruby Arun, Shabnam Hashmi (social activist,)  Kapil Kak (Rtd Air Marshall), OP Shah and Muhammad Hassan Ul Bana (social activist) arrived here to what they said "listen to people in Kashmir."

The delegation, according to sources, went to the SMHS hospital immediately after landing at the Srinagar Airport.

As soon as they reached the hospital, scores of 'volunteers' there did not allow them to go inside. Both Aiyar and Jha, according to witnesses, pleaded to allow them to enter the hospital. However the volunteers didn't budge—something which invited some reaction from some medicos.

"They (volunteers) should limit their work to what they are supposed to do and not interfere in hospital matters," said a medico. "This way they are doing disservice."      

Later, after intervention by medicos, a group of journalists who were part of the team were allowed to meet injured.

Talking to Greater Kashmir, some members of the delegation said they have come here to listen to people and "build the public opinion for resolution of Kashmir issue."

"The team has no plans to meet any political group from mainstream or separatist camp," they said.

Aiyar had recently advised New Delhi to stop blaming Pakistan for Kashmir unrest and start an unconditional parallel dialogue with both Pakistan and separatist leadership of Kashmir.

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