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Inside Psychiatric Hospital: How Kashmiri docs, paramedics take care of non-local patients

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Srinagar, Mar 28: “Get me biscuits and toffees,” said Julie, to a paramedic at Psychiatric Diseases Hospital Rainawari.
Julie Haider, 20, is non-Kashmiri patient who came to Valley from Kolkata, West Bengal as domestic help to a family living at Saraf Kadal here.
After working for only three-days with the family last year, Julie, who was abandoned by her family, was shifted to hospital for her aggressive behaviour.
According to the hospital staff, Julie was brought to the Valley by some agency providing domestic helps to the people.
“I want to go home and live with my family. I have three brothers and three sisters. We are very poor,” she said.
Doctors in the hospital have been trying hard to reunite her with her family.
Like Julie, 50-year-old OM Prakash, from Vijaypora Jammu, too was abandoned by his family, and has been under the rehabilitative care of the hospital for seven years.
He was shifted to the hospital by Humhama Police station after they found him wandering near the Srinagar Airport.
“We have contacted the Jammu police station, but could not find his family. He is here from the year 2012,” said Sajad Ahmad, a social worker at the hospital.
He said that Prakash has been sharing a proper address and was not changing his statements.
He said that the police has named him Rahim Bakerwal.
Besides them, there are three young non-Kashmiri girls and one men abandoned by their families who are being taken care by the Kashmiri doctors and paramedics at the hospital.
Sajad Ahmad, a paramedic in the hospital, said they treat these non-Kashmiri patients as their own family members.
“We have Hindu as well as Muslim non-locals here, who are abandoned by their families. But we take proper care of them,” he said.
He said that they were searching for their families.
“These people are not now patients, they are normal and can live with their families, but nobody is owns them. They are giving their addresses and then we call different police stations outside to find their families. Sometimes we do not get any response from the police outside,” he said.
He also said they recently contacted Kolkatta police about Julie.
“We are trying very hard to contact their families. We cannot let them suffer on the roads. On humanitarian ground, we are keeping them here, otherwise no hospital would take such person for a long time,” he added.
Doctors in the hospital said that rehabilitative care was important especially to those abandoned by their families.
“While safety and rehabilitation helped most non-local patients to recover, the non-locals need more and different treatments because their culture and language are different. We had many non-locals in this hospital before. We treated them, searched for their families, and sent them home,” said Dr Zaid, a senior Psychiatrist at the hospital.
“As per the Mental Act, the patient shall be discharged after treatment. There is no such hospital outside the state where abandoned patients are being taken care by the staff, “he said.
He also said the doctors can provide medical help but rehabilitation part should have been taken care by other agencies.
“Looking for the families of those abandoned does not come under our hospital. But we do help these helpless patients reach their homes,” he said.
Dr Yasir Hussain Rather, a Psychiatrist in the hospital said that in some places, efforts to help these non-locals seem to be working.
The doctor also said that the hospital has collected money to reunite one of the non-local patients with his family.

 
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Zakir Musa killing: Shutdown, restrictions on Day 2 as well

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Srinagar, May 25: A complete shutdown was Saturday observed in Kashmir on the second as well against the killing of Zakir Musa, the militant ‘commander’ and chief of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH), who was shot dead during an encounter in Dadsara, Tral early Friday morning.
Authorities also continued placing curbs in parts of the valley to foil any protests or clashes. Following the orders from the divisional administration, all educational institutes across Kashmir remained closed for the second consecutive day as well.
High-speed mobile internet continued to remain suspended in most districts of Kashmir although 2G- speed internet service was restored in Budgam, Ganderbal and Srinagar on Saturday afternoon.
A police official said the curbs on the movement of people were in force in parts of Srinagar, Kulgam and Pulwama.
Train service on the Baramulla-Banihal line also remained suspended, the official said.
“Curfew continued to remain imposed in parts of the Kashmir valley today (Saturday) as a precautionary measure to maintain law and order,” the official said.
In Srinagar, he added, strict restrictions were in place in Nowhatta, Rainawari, Khanyar, Safakadal and M R Gung areas, while partial restrictions were in force in Maisuma and Kralkhud areas.
The official said that government forces including police and paramilitary was deployed in strength in other parts of the valley to avoid any untoward incident.
Meanwhile, most of the shops, fuel stations and other business establishments remained shut in the valley following the strike call by Hurriyat (G) chairman Syed Ali Shah Geelani against the killing of Zakir and a civilian Zahoor Ahmad, a resident of Naira Pulwama – who was killed allegedly by government forces on Thursday.
Public transport was also off the roads.
Zakir, one of the most-wanted militant ‘commanders’ in Kashmir, was killed in the encounter at Dadsara Tral after forces launched a search operation late Thursday evening following specific information about the presence of militants there.
His killing led to spontaneous shutdown and protests in the valley.

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Zakir’s death marks end of ‘radical jihad’: DGP

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Srinagar, May 25: Police Saturday said the killing of Ansar Ghazwatul Hind (AGH) Chief Zakir Musa has ended the “cult and concept of radical jihad” and Zakir was the last militant of “ISIS-influenced ideology”.
“Zakir Musa had created a new concept of radical jihad and militancy in Kashmir. He was the last militant of such radicalised ideology. With his killing, security forces have eliminated the last such militant who was influenced by ISIS kind of militancy in Kashmir,” Director General of Police, Dilbagh Singh was quoted saying by a local news agency.
The DGP said that youth should understand that “radical ideology or other kind of militancy leads to death and destruction.”
“Some youth were influenced by the radical ideology of Zakir Musa and we would see youth waving ISIS flags in Downtown around Jamia Masjid on Fridays. His killing is the death of radical concept of Jihad in Kashmir. Any radical idea of militancy is against the interests of youth and other people of the state,” the DGP said.
The DGP said that he appreciates and is grateful to the people of Kashmir for “maintaining peace and calm in the last three days.”
Zakir was killed in Dadsara village of Tral in Pulwama district by government forces in a gunfight during the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
His killing triggered protests at several places with authorities imposing restrictions and Hurriyat calling for shutdown in Kashmir.

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‘Minorities have been cheated, have to stop it: Modi

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New Delhi, May 25: A bow before the Constitution of India was Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first action after being unanimously elected the National Democratic Alliance’s leader as he set the agenda for the next term of his government in the Central Hall of Parliament on Saturday.
In his address, Modi reached out to minorities, who he said have been “cheated” by the opposition and called for the lawmakers to earn their trust and put an end to the deception immediately.
“We have worked for sabka saath, sabka vikas, now we have to strive for sabka vishwas,” the PM said while addressing NDA MPs in parliament’s Central Hall Saturday evening.
“The way the poor have been cheated, the minorities have been deceived the same way. It would have been good if their education, their health had been in focus. I expect from you in 2019 that you would be able to make a hole in that deception. We have to earn their trust,” PM Modi said.
The PM, who is likely to be sworn in next week, said this time in the general elections, people voted for pro-incumbency.
“There was pro-incumbency wave in this election, its result was a positive mandate,” the PM told NDA leaders, and added, “The 2019 elections have helped bring down walls, connect hearts.”
The BJP scored 303 seats in the 543-member Lok Sabha in the national election and along with its allies, won a remarkable tally of 353.
The formality of allies naming PM Modi as the undisputed leader of the NDA was carried out in the Central Hall of parliament amid loud applause, desk-thumping and chants of “Modi, Modi”.
Top alliance leaders, including Janata Dal United chief Nitish Kumar, Shiv Sena’s Uddhav Thackeray and Akali Dal’s Parkash Singh Badal were in the meeting.
On the dais, senior BJP leaders LK Advani and Murli Manohar Joshi flanked PM Modi.
Shiromani Akali Dal leader Parkash Singh Badal moved a resolution to elect PM Modi as the leader of the NDA Parliamentary Party which was supported by JDU chief and Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Lok Janshakti Party chief Ram Vilas Paswan and other leaders of the NDA.
“The people have accepted Narendra Modi experiment again from their heart. I want to say this about Modiji, whom I have worked with – for 20 years, he has not taken even a day off. He has worked 18 hours a day.”
On Friday, the council of ministers led by PM Modi submitted their resignation which was accepted by President Kovind, paving way for formation of new government.
Accepting PM Modi’s resignation, the president had had asked them to continue as a caretaker until the formation of a new government.

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