SOG ASI held for thrashing medics

SRINAGAR:  A police officer and his brother were arrested on Tuesday from central Kashmir’s Ganderbal district following strong protests by doctors including paramedical staff and people at Wussan alleging that the duo thrashed medical staff at Public Health Centre (PHC) Monday evening.

Reports said that ASI of Special Operation Group of Police, Mohammad Shafi Parray along with his brother Sajad Ahmad took a female patient at the PHC Wasun last evening.

“Soon after reaching the hospital, the SOG man and his brother started beating the doctors and smashed many windowpanes without any reason,” eyewitnesses said.

They said that the duo created reign of terror at the PHC which created panic among the patients as well as the medical staff present there.

“This is not first incident of his crime”, Mohammad Altaf, a resident of Wussan said.

“We have approached the higher authorities several times regarding his matter but no to avail,” he added.

Following the incident, the medical staff and scores of people took to the streets at Wasun on Tuesday morning demanding actions against the accused.

Block Medical Officer, Kangan, Me’rajudin, said that “late last evening an officer from SOG known as Shafi along with his brother came to the PHC with a female patient.”

“Soon after reaching the hospital, the duo manhandled several medical staff members including a doctor Mohammad Yawer and smashed the windowpanes there as well,” he said.

“The police also brandished his pistol at the doctor,” he added.

As the protestors took to the streets, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Rasik Ahmad reached the spot and pacified the protesters while assuring them stern action against the defaulting cop and his brother.

“We have arrested two persons including a police officer for creating trouble at PHC last evening,” Rasik Ahmad, DSP, Headquarters, Ganderbal said.

“A case under FIR no. 06/2014 under section 353, 307, 427 and 510 has been registered in this regard and further investigations have been taken up”, he said.

Meanwhile, local residents of the area and the medical staff hailed the police action. 

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