Shahid Iqbal Choudhary is worried that the death of his cousin will be hushed up as the doctor who performed the surgery is J&K Health Minister’s brother

In an uncommon development, a young Indian Administrative Service (IAS) officer has posted his helplessness on Facebook and decided to petition the Governor seeking “justice” for his cousin’s death at a hospital in Jammu and Kashmir.

Deputy Commissioner of Reasi district Shahid Iqbal Choudhary is meeting Governor Narender Nath Vohra on Saturday to complain that “powerful elements in the government” were attempting to hush up 18-year-old Shariq Shadaab’s death. Shadaab died in the operation theatre of the District Hospital of Rajouri on Wednesday last. He was undergoing a minor surgical procedure for Deviated Nasal Septum (DNS). The bereaved family has levelled allegations of negligence against Health Minister Shabir Ahmad Khan’s brother, Dr. Bashir Ahmad Khan, who allegedly administered a “heavy dose of general anaesthesia” instead of a minor local one.

The 34-year-old IAS officer has addressed Health Secretary Manoj Kumar Dwivedi through the social media.

“Here are the lapses, for information of Health Secretary, Manoj K. Dwivedi sir: 1. Child was not accompanied by any family member or adult attendant. 2. No X-Ray was done which is must for DNS operation. 3. No fresh investigation was done for DNS operation by the doctors. 4. He was put on general anaesthesia while the operation is done on local anaesthesia. 5.He died of over dosage even before the operation could start. Doctors admit he was dead when they started operation. Will someone act sir? Or we leave it to so called departmental enquiry to be done by the accused themselves,” Mr. Choudhary has posted on his wall.

“We will miss Shadaab in our life time but will ensure justice to him so that no child dies his death,” Mr. Choudhary has written, calling the Rajouri Hospital “a slaughter house.”

“I have every apprehension that powerful men in the system are trying to hush up this matter as the doctor responsible for my cousin’s death happens to be the brother of the State Minister of Health,” Mr. Choudhary told The Hindu. “If this has happened with my cousin, imagine what must be happening with the people who have nobody to support,” he said.

Mr. Choudhary comes from a Scheduled Tribe family that has scores of its men in key positions in the government. Two of his close relatives, Mian Altaf of the National Conference and Aijaz Khan of the Congress, are ministers in Omar Abdullah’s government. “I’m meeting the governor as a private citizen,” he said.

Inquiry on

Mr. Dwivedi maintained that the inquiry into Mr. Shadaab’s death was being conducted in a transparent manner and, as such, there was no question of being influenced by the Minister.