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Ensure smooth movement of medicos, IGP briefs officers

Srinagar: In the backdrop incidents involving alleging beating and detaining of a cardiologist and stopping of a medical officer during the last 24 hours, IGP Kashmir Vijay Kumar has ordered police officers to “facilitate the movement of COVID warriors, especially doctors and paramedics, smoothly” in the Valley.     

News agency GNS reported that the top police officer held a video-conference meeting with all range Deputy Inspector Generals and all Senior Superintendents, asking them to “brief” all police officers and personnel deployed for COVID related duties and at other checkpoints to facilitate the movement of medicos.

Confirming it, IGP Kumar told GNS that he has also advised the officers to hold a meeting with the concerned CMOs and request them to brief the doctors and paramedics to co-operate with police.  

On Monday, Dr Syed Maqbool, a cardiologist at the Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, had alleged that police detained him near Zadibal here when he was on way to reach a hospital to attend a patient needing emergency care.

On Tuesday, CMO Bandipora too was allegedly stopped for half an hour and allowed to proceed after the intervention of the concerned deputy commissioner and SSP. (GNS)