SRINAGAR: Doctors and paramedical staff heading for duty in Srinagar were severely thrashed by the police on the pretext of violating curfew on Wednesday.
The medical staff from the government-run Ghausia Hospital in downtown Srinagar was reporting for work in an official ambulance.
They later held angry protests, saying that the police had refused to honour government announcements of treating their state identity cards as curfew passes.
The assault on the medical staff occurred near Bohri Kadal where their ambulance was stopped by a posse of policemen.
As the doctors, picked up from various city points, explained their urgency to reach hospital, an argument ensued, with the police insisting that it could not allow them to proceed ahead.
The situation turned ugly when more policemen arrived on the scene in a one-tonner, and attacked the hospital staff physically.
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