Senior police officer removed for misbehaving with doctor

A senior police officer was detached from his post on Friday after he was caught on camera threatening and misbehaving with a doctor on-duty at an hospital in south Kashmir's Kulgam district.
The Deputy Superintendent of Police (DSP), Sahil Mahajan, who is still on probation in the Qazigund town of south Kashmir, was seen threatening the doctor, Naseer Tak and abusing him in the video, which went viral on various social media platforms including Facebook and Whats app.
"I had come here to talk to you. You should talk to me politely…I will teach you a lesson and will see to you tonight. I will drag you out. Do you understand? You have not seen what fear is. Will show you what fear is," the accused officer is seen shouting at the doctor in the video.
The video also shows that the doctor has dared the DSP to shoot him.
"What can you do, shoot me? Come and shoot," the doctors is heard replying.
The video which was secretly shot inside Emergency and Trauma hospital in the town prompted J&K police to take strict action against its officer.
The Chief of Police in Kashmir, Munir Ahmad Khan told Democracy News Live that he had taken a suo-moto cognizance of the actions seen in the video and removed the accused DSP from his present posting.
"We have ordered the departmental inquiry in the incident after the video went viral to bring the facts and events to fore. The officer has been attached with the office of DIG Anantnag till inquiry is complete," Khan said.
Earlier, a spokesperson of J&K Police issued a statement about the incident and expressed "regret" about the incident.
"In reference to the Qazigund incident, we regret it and at the same time assure that necessary action shall be taken into the matter," the statement reads.
Talking to Democracy News Live, President Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK), Dr Suhail Naik said that the government should take the incident as a stimulation to bring a legislation in the Assembly which will make any assault on doctors, paramedics and damage to hospital property non-bailable.
The amalgam of doctors held a sit-in protest in the business hub of Lal Chowk on Friday and condemned the "verbal assault" on its member.
Doctors also hailed the prompt action by the police in this incident. They appealed the Chief Minister, Mehbooba Mufti to bring the special legislation in the Budget session of J&K Assembly to make assault on doctors a "non-bailable offense".
"It's our humble appeal to our CM that she should introduce a bill in the upcoming session of J&K assembly to make assault on doctors, paramedics during duty hours and damage to hospitals a non-bailable offence. Such a legislation has become a deterrent in 21 states of India," said Dr M Yousuf Tak.
Dr Naik said the DSP stormed into the Emergency and Trauma hospital late Thursday night and tried to force Dr Naseer Tak to sign a medico-legal form of an accident case which had taken place in May 2017.
"After the doctor refused to sign a paper, the DSP went on abusing the doctor and threatened him of implicating in false rape cases," he said.
"The doctor was not at fault as there was no provocation from him. He only refused to sign a paper about a medico-legal accident case. He would have cooperated with the police officer but he was not aware of the factual position about the accident which involves District Hospital, Anantnag and SKIMS Soura. But, the police officer used rude language with the doctor and threatened him," Dr Naik said.

Manzoor ul Hassan

Manzoor ul Hassan

Multimedia journalist and writer based in Jammu and Kashmir. His writings on healthcare, politics and lifestyle were published in J&K's leading newspapers including Rising Kashmir, Greater Kashmir, and Kashmir Reader. He is also contributing to ARD (German TV) as a freelance producer since 2013. Previously, he has worked with National and Foreign Broadcast like ORF Austria, BBC, and NDTV.

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