J&K snowfall: Police helping those facing problems
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Last Updated: Monday, January 16, 2012, 21:33
Srinagar: After battling militants and street protests for years, the police in snow-bound Kashmir Valley has donned a different role, coming to the rescue of people facing hardships on account of the heavy snowfall in the past two days.

Police personnel in militancy-hit Sopore town of Baramulla district repaired the house of a widow, while their colleagues ferried four expecting women to hospitals in places of Kashmir.

Heavy snowfall had damaged the house of Khatija, a widow living in Krankshvan area of Sopore, leaving herself and her family to fend for themselves in the freezing cold.

"A police team was sent to her house with building material and her house was repaired on a war footing," a police spokesman said.

Rahila, Hafiza and two others both named Saleema - all in advanced pregnancy - were safely shifted to hospitals by the police, he said.

Rahila, a resident of Gujjar Basti Batakote in Pahalgam area of south Kashmir, was evacuated by police to the district hospital in Anantnag in a police vehicle that was kept as a standby for medical exigencies, the spokesman said.

He said the family was unable to shift her to hospital because of heavy snowfall in the area.

In another incident, police in Khrew area of Pulwama district shifted Hafiza Begum to sub-district hospital Pampore as the road linking her village was not cleared of snow.

The other two would-be mothers - both named Saleema - were shifted to hospital by police from Tekipora and Sogam areas of north Kashmir Kupwara district.

"Police is assisting the civil administration in snow clearance operation besides rendering all help to people facing hardships due to heavy snowfall in the Valley," he said.

On the directions of DIG South Kashmir SA Watali, an ambulance has been kept on standby in each police station of South Kashmir Range to shift any patient to the nearest district headquarters, he said.


First Published: Monday, January 16, 2012, 21:33

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