Ambulance halt controversy, IGP Traffic initiates departmental enquiry

KL Report

SRINAGAR

AmbulanceThe Inspector General of Police (IGP) Traffic has ordered a departmental enquiry into Seelu-Sopore ambulance halt controversy, after Deputy Commissioner Baramulla submitted his enquiry report before the office of divisional commissioner Kashmir, reportedly indicting some traffic cops for the halt.

The Divisional Commissioner Kashmir Shailendra Kumar told KNS: “I received the Baramulla Deputy Commissioner’s report and I have forwarded the same to the IGP Traffic for departmental enquiry in light of the observations made by the DC.”

Pertinently, the DC Baramulla conducted the enquiry ordered by the divisional commissioner Kashmir following an ambulance halt controversy which allegedly led to death of a patient who was being ferried from Handwara hospital to SKIMS Soura.

“I have ordered a departmental enquiry to ascertain the facts and the inquiry is headed by SP Traffic (Rural),” Muneer Ahmad Khan, IGP Traffic told KNS on Thursday.

The Deputy Commissioner Baramula when contacted by KNS said: “I have submitted that report to the Divisional Commissioner Kashmir ten days earlier. I have recorded the statements of the ambulance driver, the doctor who referred the patient to Srinagar hospital from district hospital Handwara, the attendants of the patient and also of the doctors who treated the patient at SKIMS Srinagar.”

It may be recalled that the Mobile Magistrate North Kashmir Manzoor Ahmad Khan who had ordered the traffic cops accompanying him to stop the ambulance had told KNS on December 11 that there was no patient inside the ambulance bearing number JK05A 3402 which was stopped by him at Seelu Sopore during a routine check.

On December 10, the driver of the ambulance had alleged that the patient suffering from cardiac arrest was ferried by him to SKIMS after the unnecessary halt at Seelu deteriorated his health.

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