SHRC directs Govt to provide ambulances to all major jails in Kashmir

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Taking notice of the complaints over the lackadaisical approach of police in providing ambulances to prisoners, State Human Rights Commission (SHRC) on Monday directed the government to provide ambulances with escorts to all the major jails in Kashmir within six months.
The superintendent of jail in his report dated 22.02.2014 had submitted before the Commission: “Despite repeated requests the police authorities fail to provide timely escort so that the patients could be immediately referred to hospital.”
Chairperson of SHRC, Justice (retd) Bilal Nazki, also visited many jails and got similar response from all the superintendents. “I visited many jails in the state and every jail superintendent complained that they don’t get the police ambulances or escorts in case of emergencies which results in delay in taking the patient to hospital.”
One similar case of delay by police in shifting the patient to hospital was filed by Haleema, from Dalipora, Pulwama, regarding the death of her husband Mukhtar Ahmad Bhat who was lodged in Central Jail Srinagar.
“After less than a month in jail on 20 Feb 2014, my husband complained of abdominal pain and was referred to JLNM hospital, where from he was referred to SMHS hospital, where he died on 22nd of Feb.”
According to the doctors who conducted the post-mortem of Mukhtar, “He died due to Acute Heamorajic Pancreatitis with multiple organs dysfunctional.”
The chairperson while deciding the case directed all the major jails to be provided with ambulances, and smaller jails “to utilize the services of major jails by and when required.”

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