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Media men allegedly barred from covering trial run of oxygen plant at SMHS hosptial Sgr

Don’t have any info, area restricted as precautionary measures: Principal GMC Sgr

SRINAGAR: Authorities on Wednesday allegedly barred the media men from covering the trial run of an oxygen plant here at Shri Maharaja Hari Singh (SMHS) hospital, the journalists alleged.

According to the news agency—Kashmir News Observer (KNO), the media men from both national and local media houses reached SMHS to perform their professional duties.

However, they alleged that they were barred from reporting and were asked to leave the premises by the hospital security.

A Journalist working with a National News channel told KNO that, after they saw the tweet of the Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar, they went to SMHS to cover the development, but were not allowed to report neither any of the officials was willing to speak on it.

“Security staff of the hospital misbehaved with us, and even tried to snatch our cameras. The security men even informed that they have instructions not to allow the media inside the premises to cover the development,” he said.

Another video journalist working with a National News channel said, they tried to speak with one of the top officials of the hospital, but he refused to speak to the media.

Meanwhile, Principal Government Medical College (GMC) Srinagar, Dr Samia Rashid said that she has no information in this regard while no order vis-à-vis barring media men have been issued.

“The area of the oxygen plant is restricted, only technicians and staff associated with the plant is allowed to visit the area, and for rest stands a prohibited zone as a precautionary zone,” She said, said, adding that to avoid any untoward incident, the area is restricted for the people other than technicians.

Earlier in the day, Deputy Commissioner (DC) Srinagar Muhammad Aijaz Asad tweeted, “Trial run of new Oxygen Plant at SMHS hospital conducted successfully. From today we are adding 1000 lpm Oxygen production to the existing system at SMHS.Appreciate Team Mech Engg Deptt who worked in double shifts & have made the plant operational in 96 hours.”—(KNO)


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