Civilian Killings: SKIMS Asks Non-Local Staff To Shift to Campus

‘Stay Outside The Campus At Your Own Risk’

Srinagar: In what seems to be a ripple effect of recent civilian killings in the Valley, the authorities at the SK institute of medical sciences (SKIMS) on Thursday issued an advisory asking the non-local staffers to avail residential facilities of the hospital instead of private apartments outside, for security reasons.

According to reports, over 80 non-local staffers, including doctors, para-medics and technicians have been directed by the hospital administration to avail the residential facility in the SKIMS campus and shift from the private apartments on residential areas.

The non-local staffers have been asked to contact the estates department of the institute for their accommodation within the Campus.

The SKIMS advisory comes into action a fortnight after several targeted killings of the civilians in Srinagar and other districts had flared up the Valley, creating a fear-psychosis among the non-locals.

The targeted killings, as police had claimed, had also augmented an exodus like situation among the non-locals including thousands of migrant labourers who started leaving the Valley in fear of getting killed.

SKIMS spokesperson, Kulsum Nizam told Kashmir Observer that as a precautionary measure in the aftermath of the recent incidents, the hospital administration has decided to allocate a temporary accommodation to non-local staffers inside the campus.

“Some of our non-local staffers had approached the hospital administration asking for temporary and safe accommodation inside the campus,” Kulsum said, adding “So, after a proper meeting of the hospital administration, we have decided to provide them the same”.

She further added, “If some of them choose to stay outside, then their stay will be completely at their own risk.”

The SKIMS spokesperson further said that the institute has made arrangements after the J&K administration issued an advisory for the hospital asking it to shift non-local staffers inside the campus.

“If they have any query with the accommodation, they will need to contact the estates department who have arranged for their accommodation,” she said.

“There are about 80 non-local students and resident doctors in SKIMS, who’re currently staying outside the campus and the administration has made arrangements for all of them,” she added.

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Zaid Bin Shabir

Zaid Bin Shabir is a special correspondent at Kashmir Observer. He tweets @Zaidbinshabir

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