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40 oxygen cylinders go missing from SDH Kupwara; 3 staffers suspended, probe ordered

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Srinagar: At least forty oxygen cylinders have gone missing from Sub-District Hospital Kupwara in north Kashmir, prompting authorities to order probe.

Three of the staff at the health facility have been suspended by the administration.

Quoting an official, news agency GNS reported that the hospital administration came to know about the missing cylinders upon tallying while dispatching a consignment of cylinders back to Srinagar.

“It came to the fore during counting that at least forty cylinders were missing. The absence of cylinders was brought to the notice of Chief Medical Officer, who accordingly intimated the Deputy Commissioner Kupwara,” the official said.

He said that three storekeepers have been suspended by the CMO concerned for now even as a full-fledged probe to fix the responsibility against the erring employees has been ordered.

Deputy Commissioner Kupwara Imam-ud-Din said that it has been “tentatively learnt that forty oxygen cylinders have gone missing from the hospital following which an enquiry has been launched to the fix the responsibility,” the news agency reported.

The DC said there will be more clarity in the case once the enquiry is completed.

“If it happens that the suspended staffers are indicted post enquiry, due recoveries will be made from them,” he added.

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