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Non-availability of ambulance driver leads to death of Kangan resident, locals allege

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Non-availability of Ambulance driver has led to the death of a young man and sparked protests in Kangan area of Ganderbal district.

Shouting slogans against the hospital authorities, the protesters demanded action against the erring driver and concerned persons on the duty.

According to witnesses 22-year-old Mohammad Rafiq Bhat son of Abdul Rashid Bhat resident of Kachnambal Kangan a mechanic by profession fell unconscious on Wednesday afternoon at his own automobile shop.

Rafiq was brought immediately to Trauma Hospital Kangan but there was no Ambulance driver available in the Hospital to ferry him to SKIMS Soura for specialized treatment. The driver of the hospital ambulance was not on duty and had gone to somewhere without informing anybody, relatives of the deceased said.

They said that after calling a local from nearby Sumo Stand Kangan, Rafiq was taken to SKIMS Soura, however, doctors declared him brought dead at 9 pm Wednesday.

Relatives of the deceased and other residents early today closed Srinagar-Leh Highway at main market Kangan and demanded strict action against the ambulance driver and other concerned persons on duty.

Protests were going on when reports last came in

BMO Kangan has said they have suspended the ambulance driver and besides a committee has been constituted to probe the matter.

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