Inquiry ordered into patient’s death during restriction on NH444

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Ban on civilian traffic on national highway in Kashmir

NEW DELHI — The CRPF has ordered a “high-level inquiry” into the death of a patient as his ambulance was stopped due to the latest restriction imposed on the movement of civilian traffic in Jammu and Kashmir in the wake of the Pulwama attack.

The force issued a public statement saying it was “deeply anguished at the sad demise of Abdul Qayoom Banday of Doda”.

It said that the man was suffering from terminal illness and his ambulance was “asked to halt” near Lower Munda area on April 10 while on way to Doda from Srinagar after being discharged by a hospital.

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It said that the ambulance was stopped due to the “restrictions placed by the government on civilian traffic movement.”

“We express our sincere condolences and sympathise with the Banday family for their loss. We would like to assure the citizens of Jammu and Kashmir that strict instructions are in place to enable speedy passage to ambulances and ailing civilians,” it further said.

“A high-level enquiry has been ordered into the incident,” it added.

The restrictions on movement of civilian vehicles in Kashmir valley were imposed after the February 14 attack on a Central Reserve Police Force bus, plying on the Jammu-Srinagar highway, that killed 40 troops.

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