Spurious Drugs Scam: Civil Society Takes To Streets

Demand Sacking of Sham Lal, Judicial Probe

SRINAGAR: Civil society groups held protests demonstrations here on Thursday against the supply of spurious drugs to Kashmir and demanded a time-bound inquiry by a sitting High Court judge to unravel the scandal.

Led by the Kashmir Centre for Social and Developmental Studies (KCSDS), members of the KCCI, FCI-K, KEA, EKAC, JCC  and other associations also demanded tough laws against sub-standard pharmaceuticals, and asked the former health minister, Sham Lal Sharma, to step down from the state cabinet on moral grounds.       

The protestors marched from the municipal park up to the press enclave to hold a sit-in.

“The state government has adopted a non-serious approach over the issue of spurious drugs,” the KCSDS chief, Prof Hameeda Nayeem, said. “It must hold an impartial probe into the scandal.”

“The deaths of infants at the GB Pant hospital too could be due to spurious drugs. These merchants of death must be brought to justice,” the KCSDS chief said.

“Spurious drugs have been supplied to Kashmir hospitals under a conspiracy, and the former health minister, Sham Lal Sharma, is directly involved,” she said.

“The minister must step down on moral grounds until a probe into the issue is completed,” she said.

“The committee set up by the government is composed of members linked to the scandal. Nothing can be expected of it,” she said.

“Genocide is being carried out in Kashmir by supplying spurious drugs. This will not be tolerated,” she said.

“A judicial inquiry must be completed within one month, and those found involved in the supply of spurious drugs hanged,” she said.

“The government should have played a pro-active role in unravelling the supply of spurious drugs, but it is twiddling its thumbs,” she said.

Employees’ union leader Khursheed Aalam said that ministers like Peerzada Muhammad Sayeed and GM Saroori had been divested of their portfolios in the past over some matters.

“But the former health minister, Sham Lal Sharma, allegedly involved in the spurious drugs scam, is still sitting pretty in the cabinet,” the union leader said. 

Those who joined the march included Prof Hameeda Nayeem, Shakeel Qalander, Muhammad Khurshid Alam, Abdul Qayoom Wani, Dr Javid Iqbal, Dr Altaf Hussain, Abdul Majeed Zargar, Z G Muhammad, Qurat-ul-Ain, Anwar Ashai, Abdul Hameed Punjabi, Jan Muhammad Koul, Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan, Muhammad Yaseen Khan, Ghulam Nabi Shaheen, Haji Mushtaq Ahmad, Ghulam Rasool Shah, Bashir Siddique and Rouf Tramboo.

Meanwhile, members of South Kashmir Civil Society (SKCS) took out a peaceful protest march against spurious drugs scam . The protest march started from industrial Estate Islamabad and passed through various streets of the district and finally culminated at D.C office, Anantnag. 

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