Demos in Srinagar after police ask volunteers to stop relief

Srinagar—Protests erupted at SMHS hospital in Srinagar, today, after authorities forced the volunteers to close their relief activities of providing free food and medicines to the people injured by the bullets and pellets fired by Indian forces during the last 13 days being treated in the hospital and their attendants.
A large number of attendants and locals came on the main road and staged a protest when Indian police asked volunteer activists to close down the humanitarian work and not provide food and medicines to the injured and other needy people, a group of volunteers told mediamen.
“This is the height of highhandedness. The Indian police use bullets and pellets on peaceful protestors and then block all ways to deny them any assistance in hospitals by the locals,” they deplored.
They said that most of the injured belonged to south and north Kashmir, adding, “Their family members are unable to come from their areas to hospitals due to curfew, restrictions and the prevailing situation in the territory. Attendants are running short of money and they need help from the volunteers. We are doing our bit at least to provide them some food and medicines on humanitarian basis.”
Meanwhile, the residents of Gurez area of Bandipora district staged protests against the biased reporting of situation in the territory by an Indian TV news channel.
A delegation of Jamiat Ahle Hadith comprising its President, Professor Ghulam Muhammad Butt Almadani, Vice President, Maulana Mushtaq Ahmad Veeri, and others visited various hospitals in Srinagar today and enquired about the condition of the people injured due to the use of force by Indian forces.
The Jamiat President directed workers and activists of the organization to enhance their efforts and provide help to the victims with passion.—KMS

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