Volunteers and attendants of people admitted at Srinagar’s Shri Maharaja Hari Singh Hospital got angry when Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar and journalist Prem Shankar Jha visited the hospital to meet the injured amid the ongoing Kashmir violence.
Congress leader Mani Shankar Aiyar brighterkashmir
As a result of angry protests, Aiyar and Jha were forced to leave the hospital.
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However, journalists and others were allowed to visit the wards where they interacted with the injured.
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According to Ubaid Ahmad, a volunteer in the hospital, they were not allowed to take photographs in the ophthalmology wards, where most of the pellet victims were admitted.
While Aiyar was turned back due to his Congress affiliation, Jha too was asked to leave the hospital.
“If he does not talk to Pakistan or does not speak with disgruntled in Kashmir, whom will he talk to? The ‘gau rakshaks’,” he had said.
Meanwhile, with one more death in Kashmir, the toll in the ongoing unrest rose to 68. For the first time since the recent violence started in the Valley on July 9 following the death of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Burhan Wani, authorities imposed night curfew in Srinagar district.
A strict curfew and a series of communication blackouts since then have failed to stop separatists, who are seeking an end to Indian rule in Kashmir, even as residents have struggled to cope up with shortage of food, medicine and other necessities.