MEJAF President Dr Nisar-Ul-Hassan Arrested

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Aghast Medical Fraternity Say Release Him Or Face The Music 

SRINAGAR- In an astounding act, police arrested chairman of the Medical Employees Joint Action Forum (MEJAF), Dr. Nisar-ul-Hasan, who spearheads the spurious drug scam campaign in the valley – prompting medicos to threaten mass stir if he wasn’t released by Thursday.

Sources told Kashmir Observer that Dr Nisar-Ul-Hassan was arrested on Monday evening when he was on duty at the SMHS hospital.

A spokesperson of the Doctors Association of Kashmir (DAK), which is a constituent of MEJAF, told confirmed his arrest.

“He was in the attending his duty and he got a call from Karan Nagar police station that SHO needed some medical attention. But we learnt that they (police) arrested him, and been taken to Central Jail Srinagar,” spokesman, DAK, Dr Mir Mushtaq said.

The doctors and paramedics held an emergency meeting in premises of the SMHS Hospital wherein they decided to launch a protest for immediate release of Dr Nisar-Ul-Hassan.

“We are planning a massive strike. On Wednesday we will hold a protest at SMHS Hospital, but we will lock down hospitals in the entire Valley if Dr Nisar isn’t released by Thursday,” Dr Mushtaq said.

Pertinently, Dr Nisar-Ul-Hassan has been spearheading the campaign against the agitation supply of spurious drugs to hospitals across the Valley. He led the campaign first as chairman of DAK and then as chosen chairman of MEJAF—the amalgam of various associations of medicos and paramedics formed specifically against the supply of spurious drug. The protesters have been demanding action against senior Congress leader and former Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma and the Purchase Committee members believed to be involved in the scam.

The amalgam had announced to observe the day of Indian Prime Minister’s visit to the Valley as a “black day”.

“We must wear black bands on June 25 to convey our protest to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and UPA chairperson Sonia Gandhi and demand action against the culprits in the spurious drug scam,” Dr Nisar-Ul-Hassan had announced has said during a press conference on Saturday.

Talking to Kashmir Observer, Principal of the Government Medical College, Dr Rafiq Pampori, said that the he talked to the authorities and he was given assurance of his release soon.

“I have talked to the concerned agencies and I have been assured he will be get released soon,” said the principal.

Meanwhile, despite repeated attempts by the newspaper, police finally responded that that they were “busy” with the security issues and only their higher ups could talk on Dr. Nisar’s arrest.

The medical fraternity strongly condemn Dr Nisar-Ul-Hassan’s arrest, saying that “It is police state and anything can happen to anyone here”   

“He has been arrested because he was actively involved in exposing people involved in Spurious drugs supplied to JK hospitals. This is an utmost shame on those who say they work against corruption,” Registrar at department of Anaesthesiology, SMHS, Dr Masood Rashid said.

He later updated his friends and collegues through social networking site, facebook by posting a status which reads 

“Now see the height of power – Assistant professor internal medicine is arrested from his room located in ward 11 SMHS hospital during duty hours…..No official in GMC including Principal Medical College, Administrator, MS, or HOD concerned was informed before his arrest……..Every one is saying this is Police state ……..Suppose, arrested medico would have been on emergency duty……what would have happened to patient care? This is all provocation…..and govt. and police is provocation medicos of GMC and hospitals to take harsh steps……Shame on police and government.”

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