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KWJA urges DHSK to probe journalist Muddasir Ali’s death, share report with victim’s family

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Srinagar: Kashmir Working Journalists Association (KWJA) has expressed its dismay over the ‘criminal silence’ maintained by the Directorate of Health Services Kashmir over the enquiry into the death of senior journalist Muddasir Ali.

Muddasir, who was a senior editor at Greater Kashmir, died exactly a month before at Chrar Sharif Sub-District hospital after the on-duty doctor failed to provide him basic life support, said Samaan Lateef, General Secretary KWJA in a statement issued here today.

“We have been waiting for the outcome of the enquiry for a month now. It seems the Health department wants to hide its failures and hush-up the case. Let it be clear to all that the journalist fraternity of Kashmir will pursue the case until Muddasir, his family and friends get justice,” said Lateef.

KWJA has learnt that Muddasir Ali was the first critical care case presented to the SDH Chrar-Sharief in past two years but the doctor on duty not only failed to save his life but forgot to even follow basic treatment protocol in pulmonary embolism or myocardial infarction cases, said Lateef.

He said that KWJA also expresses shock that a group of doctors associated with Doctors Association Kashmir instead of seeking justice for the victim, are conniving with the health authorities to shield the culprits. These spineless creatures need to recollect how Muddasir fought for the rights of doctors and today they are part of a criminal conspiracy against him.

KWJA urges Lieutenant Governor Manoj Joshi to ensure that the enquiry into Muddasir Ali’s death is expedited and the report is shared with his family members, said Samaan Lateef.

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