Probe Ordered Into Ambulance Driver’s ‘Thrashing’

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Srinagar: The district administration in south Kashmir’s Pulwama on Monday ordered a probe after a cop allegedly thrashed an ambulance driver setting off protests by his colleagues in Shopian district.

The driver identified as Tariq Ahmed was on way to Pulwama to bring a patient to the Shopian hospital when his ambulance (JK- 22- 8441) was intercepted by police near a check post at Lyceum school on Sunday night, officials told Kashmir Observer. The driver was allegedly thrashed by cop without any reason or rhyme.

“Due to the beating, his arm had to be plastered. We have taken up the issue with the District administration as well as police,” Block Medical Officer (BMO) Shopian, Dr Yusuf told Kashmir Observer.

Meanwhile, the colleagues of ambulance driver staged a protest seeking an FIR against the policeman accused of beating. The ambulance drivers threatened to go on indefinite strike if the action was not initiated.

It was only after the intervention of Medical Superintendent Shopian, Muhammad Ismail, the protesting drivers resumed their work, reports said.

Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner Pulwama has ordered a probe into the incident, news agency KNT quoted Deputy Commissioner Shopian, Choudhary Muhammad Yasin as saying.

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