‘Dr Jalal Stable, Flying Outside For Security Reasons’


Saima Bhat

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Not accepting the police claims that Dr Sheikh Jalal Ud Din was not the target of ‘militants’, the family of Dr Jalal is still apprehensive of possible attack on the ailing doctor. The family according to sources has decided to take him out of state for further treatment apparently because of ‘security reasons’.

Comparatively stable after being operated upon, doctors are hopeful of his survival.

The doctors treating Dr Jalal told Kashmir Life over phone that he is responding to medication and is stable. “But his chest has got some infection.”

“Dr Jalal is stable but his family wants to take him outside for security reasons,” said a doctor wishing not to be named.

“They fear for another possible attack on the doctor,” he added.

Dr Jalal, a renowned cardiologist and former director of SKIMS was shot along with his two personal security guards by some unidentified person at his ancestral home in Namlabal Pampore. Police claims attack was carried out by militants. The two guards later succumbed to their injuries leaving Dr Jalal critically wounded. He was rushed to SKIMS where he is being treated presently.

Immediately after the incident, a team of experts at SKIMS operated upon his brain and abdomen, but he is said to have lost his left eye as bullet has pierced the eye. According to doctors they are not sure whether he would be able to see with his right eye.

Meanwhile the preliminary report of police investigation hinted that Dr Jalal was not the target of the militant attack, but it was aimed at the his security guards. The two policemen were killed in the attack and the rifle of one of them was snatched.

“It looks that former Director of the Sher-e-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences, Soura, Dr Jalal became collateral damage,” said a police officer.

“We are investigating whether it was a chance encounter or not,” he added.


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