LAHORE - The Janki Devi Jamiat Singh Hospital medical superintendant has complained the CCPO about the ‘misbehavior’ of Qilla Gujjar Singh police with lady doctors and patients at hospital.

In a letter to CCPO, MS Dr Farah Hafeez wrote: “The Qilla Gujjer Singh police are constantly harassing female staff of the maternity hospital. The police are barging into hospital merely to play havoc with their privacy to scare away female patient with poor background who are only trying to jealously safeguard their shyness of female doctors for gynecology problem.”

The letter read: “The police have been consistently showing their motives to vandalise the hospital owned land in order to force their way to use the entry exit points meant for female patients. This entails harassment of women in the confines of an all women at work place cognizable under the law.”

ETPB Chairman Siddiq-ul-Farooq had already addressed a press conference over the issue after police set up its camp outside the hospital to express its occupation on the land.

The dispute started when ETPB management wanted to extend the hospital on its land and police senior officials claimed that the land in question was their property.

Secretary ETPB, Ikramul Haq quoted senior police officers as saying that the chief minister has allotted them said land. The police were of the view that said land was allocated for the construction of office of newly introduced Dolphin Force.

The ETPB secretary claimed that the ETPB had purchased said land through Chief Settlement Commissioner in 1978. He said no doubt there was land owned by police there but that land has been encroached by the locals of the area and they have constructed their houses. Now police instead of going into demarcation of the land and get their land vacated by the grabbers have occupied the ETPB land and were hindering the smooth functioning of hospital.

Security supervisor Ahsan Mehmood told The Nation that police senior officers visited hospital and used abusive language with security staff to force them to vacate the place.

A cop Munsaf said: “I am here to perform my duty of barring anybody from starting construction on the land.” The spokesman for CCPO could not be reached for comment.