Kukroosa incident: DC orders time bound probe

SRINAGAR: Deputy Commissioner Kupwara on Friday ordered a time bound inquiry into woman giving birth to a baby in biting cold outside a locked hospital. 

Woman, identified as Asiya Jan (26) gave birth to baby on the roadside near local hospital after she was allegedly prevented by the joint team of army and SOG from reaching there on Thursday. Reports quoting officials said doctors too were prevented by security forces from reaching hospital on time.

Woman gave birth to a baby on road side after she was held up for more than one hour by army’s 6 RR and SOG near Harkarpora-Kalipora in Kukroosa.

“I have ordered an inquiry into the entire incident and nominated Chief Medical Officer (CMO) Kupwara, Dr Aleem as investigating officer. He shall submit his report within two days”, Deputy Commissioner Kupwara, Itrat Hussain said.

The inquiry has been ordered following DC’s visit to PHC Kukroosa where he chaired a meeting of officers from police and health department.

 “The doctors as well as the paramedical staff told me that they were not allowed to proceed by army,” the DC said.

“The interaction was held in presence of the concerned Station House Officer (SHO) along with other officers of police and administration from the district,” headed.

The DC also interacted with the relatives of the lady to enquire about the circumstances leading to the incident.

“The relatives told me that personnel from army’s 6 RR and SOG did not allow them to proceed towards PHC for about one and a half hour,” the DC said.

“The family told me that finally when they were allowed, they found the hospital locked,” he added.

Meanwhile, the DC also assured locals that he will take up the issue with higher authorities regarding 24 hour services at the PHC.

Presently, the hospital is functional for 10 a. m to 5 p. m only.

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