Snow cutter falls in gorge, 3 killed; MO terminated

Excelsior Correspondent
KISHTWAR, Jan 31: Three persons including driver were killed and another was critically injured when a Snow Cutter vehicle they were travelling-in rolled down on Inshan-Afti road in Warwan here today.
The Snow Cutter vehicle was deployed for snow clearance on Inshan-Afti road.
While returning to Inshan after snow clearing operation the vehicle rolled down into a gorge leaving the four persons on board injured.
Sources informed that by the time the injured could be retrieved from the gorge two of them had succumbed.
The deceased were identified as Gh. Mahi-ud-Din Chopan, 60, son of Mohd Shuban Chopan, resident of Inshan and Ab. Gani Koka, son of Abdul Subhan Koka, resident of Brayan.
The injured were Shafiya Banoo, 25, daughter of Gh. Mohd Chopan, resident of Inshan and Khurshid Ahmed, 38, son of Gh. Mohd., resident of Brayan. They have been admitted in a local hospital.
However, being critical, Khurshid Ahmed also succumbed at the hospital after sometime.
Meanwhile, Government of J&K here today ordered suspension of a Medical Officer and termination of the other for dereliction of duties.
In an order Secretary Health and Medical Education Department, Dr. Syed Abid Rasheed Shah stated that pending enquiry into the conduct of Dr. Zahoor Ahmad, Medical Officer, (RBKS), National Health Mission (NHM), J&K, is attached in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer, Kishtwar.
The order further stated that the Mission Director, NHM, J&K shall immediately initiate the process of termination of services of Dr. Zahoor Ahmad for dereliction of duties.
Meanwhile, in another order Secretary Health and Medical Education Department ordered suspension of Dr. Nadeem Ahmad Tantray, Medical Officer, PHC Afti for dereliction of duties.
The order stated that during the suspension period the Medical Officer shall remain attached with the office of Chief Medical Officer, Kishtwar and the Director Health Services Jammu shall immediately deploy two doctors on internal arrangement basis to ensure that the institution (PHC Afti) remains fully functional by way of availability of doctors.