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‘Why Me?’ Doctor Who Saved Lives During Delhi Riots Says Naming Him in Chargesheet is ‘Shameful’

Dr MA Anwer founded Al Hind hospital in North East Delhi's New Mustafabad in 2017 | Image credit: Special Arrangement

Dr MA Anwer based Al Hind hospital in North East Delhi’s New Mustafabad in 2017 | Image credit score: Special Arrangement

‘I’ve by no means been a part of any protests. I’m a health care provider and my job is to deal with individuals and save lives, which is precisely what I did,’ Dr MA Anwer of Al-Hind Hospital, mentioned. Dr Anwer and his brother Dr Meraj Ekram who run Al-Hind, supplied emergency medical providers to almost 500 sufferers following the Delhi riots.

  • Last Updated: June 30, 2020, 6:01 PM IST

On February 24, 40-year-old Dr MA Anwer was woken from his afternoon nap by pressing calls from his neighbours. Riots had damaged and the physician, who had returned from a visit to his village in Bihar that very day, was wanted on the hospital.

Dr Anwer remembers that he did not even have the time to change his garments earlier than speeding to Al-Hind hospital in New Mustafabad, which saved scores of lives in February when violent sectarian clashes broke out in a number of Hindu and Muslim majority areas throughout NE Delhi.

Four months since, the physician, hailed by his neighbours as an excellent samaritan and an “angel”, is being investigated by Delhi Police for instigating the riots.

His identify has discovered point out in a riots-related cost sheet not too long ago submitted by the Delhi police.

“Being punished for humanity”

“All I did was provide medical services to those who needed it. I did not even ask if the patients were Hindu or Muslim. I did what I could by virtue of humanity,” Dr Anwer tells News18. The physician, who based Al-Hind in 2017, mentioned that the information was each stunning and shameful.

As roads throughout North East Delhi remained shut amid curfew within the week following March 23 with rioters particularly focusing on ambulances, Dr Anwer and his brother Dr Meraj Ekram who run Al-Hind, supplied emergency medical providers to almost 500 sufferers.

From victims with fractured skulls, damaged bones, and even bullet wounds, to those that had been attacked with sticks and metallic rods, the 2 docs together with two nurses and one different medical skilled, managed to rearrange for medicines and emergency providers even amid curfew and had critical sufferers despatched to different hospitals similar to GTB.

Four months for the reason that riots which killed almost 51 individuals, Dr Anwer has been named by Delhi Police in a cost sheet for the homicide of Dilbar Negi, a waiter who labored at a close-by restaurant and was killed by a mob throughout the riots. The physician has been accused of main unlawful anti-CAA protests and instigating mobs that dedicated violence throughout the course of the riots.

“I have never been part of any protests. I am a doctor and my job is to treat people and save lives, which is exactly what I did,” Dr Anwer says.

Dr Anwer had testified in entrance of Justice Muralidhar at a midnight listening to held on the decide’s residence on March 25 on the behest of a plea filed by filmmaker Rahul Roy looking for secure passage for ambulances ferrying severely injured victims to the better-equipped GTB hospital.

The physician feels that naming him within the cost sheet could also be the results of his efforts in securing secure passage for the ambulances. “The midnight hearing drew attention to the lack of efficiency shown by Delhi Police. I feel they are targeting me for the same,” the physician tells News18.

Following the riots, Dr Anwer was referred to as in a number of instances for questioning. Each session lasted for a number of hours. “I told them I had nothing to do with the protests. I told them I was just a doctor doing my job. Yet they kept calling me,” Dr Anwer remembers, including that he was even referred to as for questioning throughout Ramzaan and made to attend for hours exterior the police station.

“I am a medical professional. Sucha a case will not only tarnish my name in the medical community but also damage my reputation among the community of doctors which includes members across religions,” Dr Anwer worries.

“An angel in disguise”

The information of Dr Anwer being named in Delhi Police’s cost sheet has left not solely the physician but additionally locals appalled.

Speaking to information18, Mustafabad resident Shahik Khan says that the providers supplied by Dr Anwer throughout that fateful week in February helped save many lives. “It was Dr Anwer who managed to get the ambulances moving, it was upon his word the local chemists opened their godowns and provided the hospital with medicines,” Khan, who owns a jewelry retailer within the neighbourhood, says.

“He is not just a doctor, he is an angel,” Khan says.

Wasim, 23, who runs a barber-shop next-door to Al-Hind, remembers the times of the riots as chaotic and scary. Wasim, who had been lending his hand on the hospital to shave the heads of riots victims says that it was Dr Anwer who satisfied him to work as maskeshift barbers. “He taught us how to provide basic first-aid to victims and how to shave their heads so that they can be further treated,” Wasim says.

Wasim mentioned that had it not been for Dr Anwer and Dr Meraj, many lives of victims would have been misplaced.

Back at AL Hind, Dr Anwer continues to deal with sufferers with diligence and regularity, regardless of bouts of in poor health well being.

“I have full confidence in the judiciary and India’s justice system,” he says earlier than hanging up the cellphone. A affected person with a seasonal cough had simply approached his chamber and the physician decides to maneuver on along with his day.

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