Death of pregnant woman: Inquiry team exonerates accused doctors

KL Report

SRINAGAR

A team of doctors against whom police had lodged an FIR for their alleged negligence in patient care and subsequent death of a pregnant lady in North Kashmir Pattan Town of Baramulla district have been exonerated by the inquiry committee. However, rejecting the findings of the inquiry committee, the family members of the deceased woman have alleged that the inquiry committee report is partial as all the members of the committee were doctors who had close relations with the erring doctors.

Pertinently, clashes and protest had broken out in Pattan last year after a pregnant woman from Zangam Pattan namely Maryaem Banoo wife of Sharafat Ali Khan allegedly died due to negligance of the doctors at Sub-District Hospital Pattan. Sensing trouble, the district administration Baramulla had constituted a team of 4 doctors to probe the matter while police had lodged an FIR vide number 94/2014 under section 304A, 109 RPC against the accused doctors.

The father of deceased woman said that the inquiry team handed over their report to him, which reads that the woman died due to loss of blood and all the accused doctors are exonerated. “I challenge their findings and I was fully aware of this fact that will never conduct a fair probe,” he said.

SDPO Pattan meanwhile said that after conducting probe into the incident, they had written to DC Baramulla, seeking the permission for the arrest of accused doctors. “We received no reply from the administration and thus are unable to show any progress in the case,” he said.

Pertinently, the team of doctors that conducted the probe included District Health Officer Baramulla Dr Abdul Rashid, Block Medical Officer Kunzar Dr Idrees, Gynecologist Dr Nasreen Aziz and Medical Consultant Dr Abdul Ahad Wani.

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