Palace Guards Accused Of Assaulting Hospital Employee


Officials at Kabul’s Ali Abad Hospital on Monday claimed that three armed men employed by the Presidential Palace security department assaulted a hospital employee who tried to prevent them from entering the emergency room on Sunday night.

Hospital officials said the employee, Sharpoor, was so badly beaten he was hospitalized and is in a serious condition.

“Last night around 9:30, they (security guards) brought a patient to the hospital. Three armed men were trying to enter the emergency room, but the employee did not allow them to enter and they assaulted him. Initially we did not know who the armed were? But later we realized that they were from the presidential palace,” said Bashir Ahmad, head of the monitoring department of Ali Abad Hospital.

Officials have called on government to take action against those who threaten and assault doctors and hospital employees.

“We can no longer tolerate such action against our employees. The government must act and should not allow such individuals to threaten us,” Homayoun Tawhid, head of the neuroscience department of Ali Abad Hospital told TOLOnews.

Officials from the Presidential Palace’s security department have however rejected the allegations.

“I strongly reject the claims about the beating. I am on my way to the hospital to talk about the event with the head of the hospital,” said Tahir Gardizi, head of the security protocol department of the Presidential Palace said.

This latest incident comes just months after doctors at Kabul Jamhuriat hospital went on a strike following the assault of one of its doctors by armed men.

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