Family of martyr says ‘proper treatment’ was not provided

26-year-old BSF soldier-Gurnam Singh succumbed to his injuries and became the first Indian soldier from Jammu and Kashmir to get martyred since the Indian Army carried out surgical strikes on terrorist launch pads across the Line of Control in Pakistan-occupied Kashmir.
The young BSF soldier was instrumental in foiling major infiltration bid along the international border in Kathua. On Friday night, he was injured when Pakistani snipers targeted his post in Bobiya area in Kathua district on the International Border. He had been instrumental in foiling a major infiltration bid along the International Border a day earlier, when Pakistani rangers, according to the BSF sources, were trying to give fire cover to a group of militants trying to enter the Indian Territory.
The family of martyr, however, alleged that he was not given proper treatment, despite being critically injured.
Gurnam Singh’s brother, Manjeet said that despite his head injury, the authorities did not shift the soldier for treatment to a neurological facility outside the state.
The family members further insisted that a super specialty hospital should be build exclusively for the injured soldiers so that whenever incidents like these happen they can get the best treatment.
Gurjeet Kaur, sister of the soldier, urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to build a hospital for the BSF soldiers. “We feel proud that our brother achieved martyrdom but I appeal to the PM to open a super specialty hospital in RS Pura so that injured soldiers get good treatment. Gurnam would have gone back and fought against Pakistan had he received proper treatment,” she said.
“They referred my injured son to a hospital in Bakshi Nagar. If BSF had their own hospital with doctors, my son could have been saved. I appeal to the prime minister to have a good hospital for our jawans,” Kulbeer Singh, Gurnam’s father, said.
RS Pura sector and Kathua district along the International Border have witnessed continuous ceasefire violations after India carried out surgical strikes across the LoC.
Meanwhile, Rajinder Thappa, chief medical officer at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMC) Jammu said that Singh’s parents wanted him to be shifted to AIIMS in New Delhi. “Bullet had hit Gurnam Singh in the head and he was being treated in the Intensive Care Unit. Senior doctors had kept him under observation. His parents wanted him to be shifted to AIIMS for better treatment. We were about to do that yesterday, but unfortunately he passed away.”
According to sources, the family members of BSF jawan Gurnam Singh have alleged that he was not given proper treatment.
“The family had been continuously requesting the hospital authorities to shift the injured jawan to New Delhi for specialized treatment, but GMC administration paid no heed and continued to treat the patient,” said sources.
Sources said that the injured jawan was shot at the forehead and in his reports, it was clear that his brain was ruptured, still he was fighting with death.
“If hospital authorities would have shifted the injured soldier initially, he would have chances to survive, but the administration did not pay any heed to the requests,” said sources, adding that in the later stage, the hospital authorities agreed to shift him to New Delhi and for this air ambulance was also booked.
“The hospital management did not take up the case seriously and to shrug off the responsibility, in the later stage they admitted to refer him to New Delhi for specialized treatment,” sources said and added that Air ambulance facility for bringing him to AIIMS (New Delhi) was not provided at time.
It is pertinent to mention here that in the recently held conference, senior reporter of JK Newspoint had raised the issue of ‘no space for media’ in hospitals.
It was asked to the people at the helm of affairs at hospital that in the absence of proper media management, many important events remain uncovered. Therefore some media cell should have been established, which was equally supported by the concerned minister, but nothing has been done.
On Sunday, Pakistan rangers once again violated the ceasefire along the International Border at RS Pura sector as they targeted Indian posts.Befitting reply will …undergoing treatment.
Ceasefire violation with heavy mortar shelling also took place in Jammu and Kashmir’s Pargwal sector of Akhnoor all night. Meanwhile, terrorists attacked a police post guarding minority houses at Sirnoo in Pulwama, Kashmir.
On Friday night, the Pakistan rangers targeted the border villages and outposts (BoP) with mortar shells and opened fire from automatic weapons along the International Border in Kathua sector.
BSF soldier Gurnam Singh, who was hit in the snipper attack, died late on Saturday night.
Multiple ceasefire violations have been reported along the International Border and Line of Control after India conducted surgical strikes across the border in Pakistan occupied Kashmir.

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