Flayed for ‘high-hand­ed­ness’, Val­ley cops use charm of­fen­sive

Hindustan Times (Jalandhar) - - HTSPOTLIGH­T - Mir Eh­san let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

SRINAGAR: A day af­ter doc­tors’ protest against po­lice high-hand­ed­ness to­wards them, po­lice­men in the val­ley mended fences with the med­i­cal fra­ter­nity mem­bers by pre­sent­ing them flow­ers and sweets on Wed­nes­day.

For the past cou­ple of days, the po­lice was fac­ing strong crit­i­cism for heck­ling se­nior doc­tors at dif­fer­ent places. How­ever, both the par­ties have now de­cided to bury the an­i­mos­ity and ver­bal war on the so­cial me­dia.

On Wed­nes­day morn­ing, cops led by se­nior of­fi­cers went to hos­pi­tals and of­fered flow­ers and sweets to the doc­tors and paramed­i­cal staff. “May 27 should be de­clared as Covid War­riors’ Valen­tine’s Day with a pledge that all the war­rior valen­tines ex­press true love and re­spect each other or else it might sound like April Phool’s day … Let there be clear cut di­rec­tions for smooth, re­spect­ful, has­sle and heck­lingfree move­ment of all Covid war­riors,” said doc­tor Ijat­iba Shafi. “Af­ter beat­ing some doc­tors and stop­ping them from do­ing their duty, po­lice is now pre­sent­ing flow­ers to the health staff out­side SMHS hos­pi­tal,” said Athar Par­vaz, an en­vi­ron­men­tal­ist.

Af­ter a se­nior car­di­ol­o­gist on his way to the hos­pi­tal was beaten up by the po­lice and de­tained for sev­eral hours on May 23, and Bandi­pore chief med­i­cal of­fi­cer was stopped at a checkpoint, Kash­mir IGP Vi­jay Kumar had on Tues­day is­sued in­struc­tions to his of­fi­cers to be re­spect­ful to the peo­ple, es­pe­cially doc­tors who on Covid-19 duty.

“We can un­der­stand that the front­line work­ers are fac­ing many prob­lems at dif­fer­ent lev­els, but judg­ing others’ mode of duty and their short­com­ings is not ap­pro­pri­ate,” Bara­mulla SSP Ab­dul Qay­oom told his of­fi­cers in a mes­sage. “We all must ad­here to our ba­sic pa­ram­e­ters within the le­gal and con­ven­tional frame­work of co­ex­is­tence in the sys­tem,” he added.

He also told his of­fi­cers that though they have a tough job, other de­part­ments ex­pect a cop to be­have in a way that is suit­able to them, which some­times en­rages of­fi­cers on the ground.

WASEEM ANDRABI/HT

A po­lice­man of­fer­ing a flo­ral bou­quet to a doc­tor in Srinagar on Wed­nes­day.

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