SSP says ‘matter resolved on the spot’

Srinagar: Day after a senior cardiologist was allegedly harassed in Srinagar, Chief Medical Officer Bandipora was stopped by police on Tuesday while he was on way to inspect quarantine and sample collection centres in the district.

The official vehicle of Chief Medical Officer Bandipora Dr Tajamul Hussain was, as per reports, stopped near new District Hospital Bandipora complex and was not allowed to proceed near the Naka laid by Bandipora Police.

Dr Tajamul told news agency KNO that he had to visit the quarantine centres and sample collection centres but he was stopped by the police near the new complex of District Hospital Bandipora.

He said that he was stopped for about 20 minutes for reasons known to them.

“It was only after the intervention of Deputy Commissioner Bandipora Shahbaz Mirza that I was allowed to move towards the quarantine centre,” he said.

A video of the incident also went viral on social media.

In it, CMO Bandipora can be seen protesting against the incident. “We are here to fight against coronavirus, you are habitual of harassing us,” he is seen yelling at the cops.

Meanwhile, SSP Bandipora, Rahul Malik said that the matter was “resolved on the spot”.

“There was some confusion after yesterday’s order by district administration regarding disallowing vehicles from Nusoo toward main market. The matter was solved amicably on the spot,” he said.

“The video clip doesn’t serve any purpose rather it gives unnecessary weight to sensationalism,” he added.

As incidents of medicos facing inconvenience in reaching health facilities, the administration in Srinagar has constituted a panel to examine all the issues related to movement of personnel on essential duty, hospital security and adherence to SOPs notified by the government from time to time.

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