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
Attendants shouted slogans like “Go India Go Back” when the ten-member group including social activist Shabnam Hashmi, former Air vice-marshal Kapil Kak and others were in the hospital.
As a result of angry protests, Aiyar and Jha were forced to leave the hospital.
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“We just want azadi and nothing more,” the attendants told the delegation.
However, journalists and others were allowed to visit the wards where they interacted with the injured.
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As per a newspaper report, attendants told Aiyar that they don’t shake hands with murderers.
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.
According to Bashir Assad, a member of the delegation, the delegation visited the hospital to assess the damage caused by pellet guns and listen to the injured.
While Aiyar was turned back due to his Congress affiliation, Jha too was asked to leave the hospital.
Earlier, Aiyar had asked Centre to stop blaming Pakistan for Kashmir unrest as it is India’s problem and advised the ruling dispensation to initiate a parallel dialogue with both Pakistan and the separatist leaders.
“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.
Prime Minister Modi had earlier reached out to the people of Kashmir and indicated his willingness to hold dialogue under the framework of the ‘insaniyat (humanity), jamhuriyat (democracy) and kashmiriyat’.
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.