Enquiry ordered into the matter of patient’s death due to Highway Ban

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Srinagar: The CRPF has ordered a “high-level inquiry” into the death of a patient as his ambulance was stopped due to the latest restriction imposed on the movement of civilian traffic in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama attack.

The force issued a public statement saying it was “deeply anguished at the sad demise of Abdul Qayoom Banday of Doda”.

It said the man was suffering from terminal illness and his ambulance was “asked to halt” near Lower Munda area on April 10 while on way to Doda from Srinagar after being discharged by a hospital.

It said the ambulance was stopped due to the “restrictions placed by the government on civilian traffic movement.”

“We express our sincere condolences and sympathise with the Banday family for their loss. We would like to assure the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir that strict instructions are in place to enable speedy passage to ambulances and ailing civilians.”

“A high-level enquiry has been ordered into the incident,” it added.

The restrictions on movement of civilian vehicles in Kashmir valley were imposed after the February 14 attack on a Central Reserve Police Force bus, plying on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, that killed 40 troops.

Banday died in an ambulance while he was being taken to home in Doda after he was discharged from SKIMS Soura in Srinagar on 10 April, the day when civil traffic is prohibited on the highway.

The ambulance was stopped by CRPF men near Lower Munda during the forces convoy movement and allowed after nearly 30 minutes.

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