‘Served one meal a day, huddled with positive cases’: Kashmiris in Delhi allege maltreatment

Srinagar:  A group of Kashmiris who were part of the Tableegi Jamat at Nizamuddin Centre in New Delhi Saturday alleged that they have been huddled in a hospital for the past 16 days with no doctors willing to attend them.

In a letter posted on social media, the group alleges that they have been put up in a dilapidated ward of Lok Nayak Hospital at Jawahar Lal Nehru Marg road in New Delhi where they get only one meal in 24 hours.

Sister of one of the person in the group, who’s from Sopore, said his teenage brother had tested negative.

“But the paramedical staff at the hospital mingled negative patients with positive ones as a result he has tested positive when his samples were taken the second time,” the woman said.

“The ward in the hospital is in shabby condition with one common washroom which is filthy. Meal is being served once in 24 hours. Their luggage has been seized. They are unable to change their clothes and have been left at the mercy of God. They are treated like criminals and taunted as the ones who have spread the virus,” she said.

The letter posted by these people reads that they were first taken to Tugluqabad Quarantine Block but due to non-availability of space, they were shifted to Lok Nayak Hospital. “Four persons were tested negative but kept with the patients who had been declared positive. We are suffering and appeal to the government to have pity on us and treat us in a better manner.”

“They are not all infected but will certainly contact the virus if not isolated from one another,” the sister of the teenage boy, admitted in the Lok Nayak Hospital said.

When contacted, Divisional Commissioner Kashmir PK Pole said he will take up the matter with concerned authorities. “Please send the WhatsApp clips to Officer on Special Duty. I will take care of it,” he added. (KNT inputs)

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