The ‘murderous attack’ on an ambulance driver sparked protest at SMHS Hospital Srinagar while protesters demanded stringent punishment to the guilty CRPF officer responsible for the attack.A Para-military CRPF Sub-Inspector P.S.Yadav from F78 company according to eyewitnesses fired upon an ambulance driver Ghulam Muhammad Sofi near Safakadal area of Srinagar city on Thursday night when he was ferrying patients. The firing according to witnesses was unprovoked and aimed at to maim the driver and stop him from proceeding towards the hospital.Eyewitnesses told news agency CNS that the employees of SMHS hospital held a protest against this incident on Friday. The employees assembled at the entrance of the hospital. The protesters said that, “our hospital vehicles are being stopped by the forces and we have to face abuses on daily basis. Even doctors are not spared here,” they said and demanded stringent punishment to the erring officer.“Due to lack of accountability these CRPF men feel above law. They are getting emboldened after committing crime. We demand swift action against the unbridled officer,” they said.
Meanwhile, Public Relations Officer CRPF Rajesh Yadav said that the guilty officer has been suspended while local police have registered a formal case against him. “The CRPF officer belongs to F78 Company of CRPF based in Nagaland who had recently arrived in Kashmir on special duty,” he said adding that authorities of F78 Company are still outside. He claimed that the departmental action has been set in process against the accused officer.Meanwhile, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) is aghasted over the barbaric murderous attack on ambulance driver of Health Department as per the reports just coming.President Doctors Association Kashmir Dr G M Mir has condemned this inhuman savage attack wherein the forces at Safakadal have fired on to the ambulance driver namely Ghulam Mohammad working in District Ganderbal. The brave heart after being hit has still managed to ferry patients while driving with one hand only.The driver as per the information recieved has been operated but is grievously injured and has been shifted to Bone & Joint Hospital from SMHS. Dr G M Mir has called for an emergency meeting of all DAK executive members tomorrow wherein the futre action plan on this criminal assault will be raised as the ground situation is such that shutting down the hospitals presently is not an option keeping the daily rush of injured patients to the hospitals into consideration.DAK warned the authorities that strict action to be taken against the culprit and be booked immediately. Forces have leashed a reign of terror by halting ambulances on roads and barging in hospitals previously and today's murderous attempt has taken this barbarism to new heights. (CNS)