Protest against distt admn, Health Deptt; people block NH for 2 hrs

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMBAN, Apr 14: Hundreds of people today blocked Jammu-Srinagar National Highway for nearly two hours near here in protest against alleged inadequate steps by the district administration in rescuing the accident victims from the river Chenab while as a group of people held demonstration against the Health Department over the harassment meted out to a pregnant woman in the District Hospital.
Around 400 people gathered at the site from where a Tata Sumo rolled down into river Chenab yesterday evening and blocked the Jammu-Srinagar National Highway in protest against alleged inadequate steps taken by the district administration in rescuing the occupants of the ill-fated vehicle.
“It was due to inadequate steps by the administration that neither lives of those traveling in the Tata Sumo could be saved nor their bodies recovered”, they alleged, adding “had there been proper coordination between different Government agencies situation could have been different”.
Nearly two hour long protest demonstration came to an end only after the civil and police administration conveyed to the agitating people that Deputy Commissioner, Ramban, has approached the Power Development Corporation (PDC) authorities to stop flow of water from Baglihar dam.
Soon after the flow of water from Baglihar was stopped, the rescue operation was resumed under the supervision of Additional Deputy Commissioner and Assistant Commissioner Revenue. After hectic efforts, the chassis of ill-fated Tata Sumo and dead body of one Razwana Bano, daughter of Mohd Ashraf of Tatarsoo were recovered.
For tracing out the remaining three dead bodies search operation on both the banks of river from Ramban to Dharamkund was launched but to no avail. The district administration Ramban has also alerted the Reasi and Jammu administration to check the dead bodies if any noticed in the river Chenab in their areas.
Meanwhile, report said that a pregnant woman namely Nusrat Begum, wife of Sajjad Ahmed of Chanderkote was brought to the District Hospital on April 12 after she started experiencing labour pains. However, the doctors sent her back to home after administering some injections on the ground that delivery would take more time.
Yesterday evening, the woman was again brought to the hospital after she found it difficult to bear the labour pain. However, her attendants were advised by the doctor on duty to shift her to Jammu on the ground that she was facing some complications.
However, the attendants objected to this advise of the doctor and sought to know why pregnancy complications cannot be handled in the District Hospital, which according to the tall claims of the Health Department, was fully equipped to handle all sorts of cases.
While the attendants of the woman and the doctor were busy in arguments, Nusrat Begum delivered baby in the corridors of the hospital following which she was immediately taken to Labour Room. Later, both the woman and the baby were shifted to the ward hale and hearty.
As the doctor’s words about complications proved wrong with the normal delivery, the relatives and family members of woman held protest demonstration against the hospital authorities and even smashed window panes of the hospital. However, the situation was brought under control with the intervention of Chief Medical Officer (CMO).