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Doctor beaten by CRPF men at Chadoora in Budgam
Budgam: There seems to be no end to violent attacks on health workers in Jammu and Kashmir as a senior Epidemiologist on Wednesday said he was allegedly thrashed by CRPF men in Chadoora area of central Kashmir’s Budgam district. The senior doctor was later rescued after the intervention of locals.
“What was his crime? Doctors are treated as heroes and frontline workers for putting their lives at risk in these times and saving others. But the way he was thrashed is totally unacceptable” said CMO Budgam, Dr. Tajamul Hussain.
Witnesses said that the doctor was thrashed in main market Chadoora by CRPF personnel when he was stopped at a naka laid by CRPF to stop public movement.
“He even revealed his identity, but the CRPF men hit him with the sticks. He was later saved by some locals and was rushed to district hospital Budgam,” CMO said.
“He has suffered bone injuries and I will also bring the matter into the notice of DDC Budgam and SSP Budgam,” he added.
Sub-district magistrate Chadoora Prince Noor ul Hameed, when contacted said that he has brought the issue in to the notice of concerned CRPF commandant and he gave him assurance that the matter will be looked into and necessary action will be taken as soon as possible.
Notably, Jammu and Kashmir police last week felicitated front line health care workers in various parts of Kashmir valley as a mark of respect and honour for work they carried out during the Covid-19 pandemic.
The move was initiated after several healthcare workers were assaulted by police personnel during lockdown which triggered a wave of anger and resentment not only among the healthcare workers but the general public as well.
Meanwhile, Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) condemned the assault against a senior doctor.
In a statement issued here, president DAK, Dr Suhail Naik said there seems to be no end to violence against health care workers as a senior epidemiologist has been thrashed by CRPF soldiers in Chadoora Budgam on Wednesday, calling it unfortunate.
DAK President said, during the last three months, many harassment and beating cases came to fore which should be investigated.
It said that the doctors do not need sweets but hassle free movement which is important to reach hospitals on time and save patients.
“What is required is discipline on roads by security and hassle free movement. The government is waiting for a strike which actually is not a people friendly move during COVID-19 emergency,” he said.
There is a lot of resentment among health care workers against such episodes as has been seen recently, he added.