Kashmiri doctors have played a leading role in treating the injured, protesting the occupation, & expressing solidarity with freedom struggles around the world, including with Palestinians, Rohingya, Syrians, & others. This is a statement from Doctors Association Kashmir about an incident where police personnel shot up inside the premises of District Hospital Shopian, which is a violation of international law now routinely flouted:
“Police resorts to indiscriminate firing inside DH Shopian; incident shameful and dastardly: DAK
Doctors Association Kashmir took a very strong note of the firing incident inside District Hospital (DH) Shopian by Police personals. Dr Suhail Naik, President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) said that “it is a matter of great shame that police personal resorted to indiscriminate firing inside the premises of DH Shopian after they barged into the hospital to retrieve a dead body. In addition to this dastardly act they also damaged the hospital property. It is sheer luck that none of the staff was injured or killed in this incident. Doctors and other staff are still in a state of mental shock and are not able to deliver their duties effectively since this unfortunate incident“
Dr Naik said that “according to Geneva Convention, in the war zones hospitals and ambulances are spared but it is very unfortunate these rules are thrown in the trash in this part of the world and we are at the receiving end by making us easy targets. Police, the law protectors are acting as law damagers by resorting to such type of hooliganism.”
Jammu and Kashmir Doctors Coordination Committee also expressed dismay on hearing upon this shameful incident and expressed concern over the conditions in which the doctors have to work.
DAK stresses upon the Director General of Police, Mr S P Vaid to intervene in this grave issue and issue advisory to his men for proper behaviour with the hospital staff so that we can deliver our duties fearlessly and with confidence. If immediate steps are not taken we would be forced to take extreme steps which will be detrimental for state health care and whole onus will lie with the Govt.
Dr Masood ul Hassan
Media and Publicity Secretary,