Lahore: 30 young doctors held amid strong resistance
LAHORE: City police Wednesday launched crackdown on the public hospitals and arrested around 30 doctors amid strong resistance by the fellow medics following the two cases registered against them in Shadman police station two days back. Young Doctors Association (YDA) president Hamid Butt was also among those arrested by the police. However, the police released 12 doctors on the guarantee of senior doctors and relatives of the arrested medics after they assured that they would not participate in unlawful activities in future.
The arrested doctors including YDA president Dr Hamid Butt were accused in the FIRs of committing unlawful activities during their protest demonstration held on the Jail Road. The police officials shifted 18 arrested doctors in Ichra and Gulberg police stations. They include Dr Amin, Dr Jawad Nazir, Dr Mehdi Ali, Dr Aftab Ashraf, Dr Muhammad Ali, Dr Imran Ali, Shafqat, Dr Amir Saeed, Dr Abdul Nasir, Dr Kamran, Dr Saleem Shahzad, Dr Manzoor, Dr Rai Ahmad Khan and Dr Usman.
It is also learnt the strike was observed partially in Children’s Hospital on the call of YDA. However, situation remained completely peaceful in most of the public hospitals as the PMA and other doctors did not participate in the strike.
Timely action by the police foiled the efforts of YDA doctors who were preparing for complete strike in the public hospitals on Wednesday morning. Minor patients, however, suffered immense problems when Children’s Hospital doctors refused to give them treatment. The patients were even not attended by the emergency department doctors. The administrations of Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Jinnah Hospital, Services Hospital, Mayo Hospital and other public hospitals were of the view that the patients were provided treatment as a routine and no strike was observed.
According to a police source, three separate police teams formed by the police high-ups were given the target which Wednesday morning arrested the medics from different hospitals. Around 10 doctors were held from Children’s Hospital, 11 from Lahore General Hospital and nine medics were arrested from the Services Hospital when they were urging the on-duty doctors for another strike.
SSP Investigation Wing Zulfiqar Hamid told The Nation that 30 doctors were arrested by the police during raids. Out of these, he said, 12 were released while the others had been sent behind the bars.
He said that arrests of some doctors were made after they were found involved in unlawful activities at the public hospitals on Wednesday. A new case would be registered against them. The Pakistan Medical Association (PMA) Lahore, however, condemned the doctors’ arrests saying that the policemen equipped with arms visited different wards when the doctors were providing treatment to the patients. The police officials misbehaved with senior doctors, which was intolerable for the medical community.
The police had registered two separate cases against 48 nominated male and female doctors besides some unknown medics for damaging hospital property and for blocking the road during the protest at Jail Road, which caused huge panic among the patients and the motorists on last Tuesday.
An FIR (23/09) was registered under sections 353, 186, 290, 291,148 and 149 of Pakistan Penal Code (PPC) on the complaint of SHO Shadman. Some doctors nominated in the FIR include Dr Hamid Butt, Dr Rehan Chaudhry, Dr Aftab, Dr Asif Hussain, Dr A M Saleem, Dr Imran Khan, Dr Mehmood Ahmad, Dr Ghazi M Dar, Dr Zulqernain Butt, Dr Muhammad Khan, Dr Jawad Nazir, Dr Imdad, Dr Ehsan Iqbal and others.
While another FIR (24/09) was registered on the complaint of the Services Hospital Medical Superintend Dr Javed under sections 147, 148, 341, 427, 324, 506, 290, 291 and 186 on the charges of injuring on-duty doctors and for damaging hospital equipment and furniture. The doctors nominated in the FIR include Dr Hamid Butt, Dr Usman Khalid, Dr Rohil Mumtaz, Dr Nasrullah and Dr Hassan Shaukat.