#Day42: Murderous Attack on Ambulance Driver Sparks Protest



Gh Mohammad Sofi, the injured Ambulance Driver
Gh Mohammad Sofi, the injured Ambulance Driver

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 late night when he was ferrying patients.

The firing 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, “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 aghast 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 condemned this inhuman savaged attack wherein the forces at Safakadal fired on to the ambulance driver Ghulam Mohammad working in District Ganderbal.

The brave heart after being hit still managed to ferry patients while driving with one hand only.

DAK warned the authorities that strict action be taken against the culprit. “Forces have leashed a reign of terror by halting ambulances on roads and barging in hospitals previously and Thursday’s murderous attempt has taken this barbarism to new heights,” he said.

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