Told to put dead on ventilator: SKIMS docs

The doctors at the Sher-i-Kashmir Institute of Medical Sciences (SKIMS) seems to have been caught between their ethics and government order. So much so that on Monday morning they were not sure whether they should declare Ubaid Mushtaq, 14, dead or keep him on ventilator. Ubaid was injured in the CRPF firing in Watergam on Sunday.

Doctors at the valley's only tertiary care hospital say that they are under pressure as they have been told that no injured should die, and in case, someone dies, he should not be declared dead.

"We have been told by our bosses that nobody should die. They told us that they have been directed by the government. We have been told that if someone succumbs to injuries, he should not be declared dead," said a senior doctor at SKIMS.

Doctors say they have been told to put dead patients on ventilators.

"It is ethically wrong to do so. Also we may need ventilators for patients who can actually be saved," said a doctor.

No protests during Sonia's visit, say AMU students

LUCKNOW: Authorities at the Aligarh Muslim University (AMU) on Tuesday heaved a sigh of relief when the Kashmiri students assured that they would not hold any protest against the hanging of Afzal Guru before UPA president Sonia Gandhi when she arrives to preside over the convocation on February 16.

On Monday, around 200 Kashmiri students had taken out a protest march on the campus against Guru's hanging. "The government did not inform the family of Guru about the decision of hanging. We want that his mortal remains should be handed over to his family," said Malik Yasir, a Kashmiri research scholar. He explained: "Our protest march was on the issue of Guru, we are not against the visit of Sonia."

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