Sr cardiologist, alleges manhandling, detention by police
Srinagar, May 25: A senior cardiologist posted at SMHS hospital Srinagar was allegedly thrashed and lodged in police station Zaidbal for the whole day and also threatened him not reveal he was in police station.
Dr Syed Maqbool, an interventional cardiologist, with many awards in his kitty, said that he was on call on Saturday and was stopped at Hawal area of downtown when he was on way to SMHS hospital. “I was stopped by a cop and asked to go through an alternate route, where there was a huge traffic mess.
“I requested the police man to allow me to take the different route, showed him my identity card and pleaded before him repeatedly, but he refused,” the doctor said. “When I disembarked from my vehicle, the policeman hit my stomach with the plastic cane in his hands.”
The doctor said he requested the police man to let him talk to is senior. “And when the Station House Officer of (Zadibal police station) came to the spot, he whisked me away to the police station and first thing he did is he snatched my phone.
“I requested him that I was on a call as being the interventional cardiologist and need to inform the Government Medical College (GMC) principal about the issue so that an alternate arrangement is made,” Dr Maqbool said. He alleged that the SHO didn’t allow him to use his phone and instead “warned him of consequences.” “I couldn’t attend my duty,” he said.
Dr Irfan, senior cardiologist at SMHS hospital, said that the ill-treatment meted out to Dr Maqbool was unfortunate. “We are part of essential services and can’t always call hospital to send ambulances to ferry us time and again. We have to travel in our private vehicles too,” he told.
“We request Deputy Commissioner Srinagar to clarify if we need passes to travel or our cards are enough. If our identity cards are enough, then we should be allowed to reach our hospitals hassle free.”
Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Srinagar Dr Haseeb Mugal said that the doctor manhandled the SHO. “A case has been registered against the doctor,” he said. The SSP said police will still inquire the incident. (KNO)