Seventy-two Police Officers on Wednesday graduated from a Basic First Responder Training Course which is aimed at providing better care for injured persons.The training which encompasses basic first response protocol, life support/ CPR and trauma were offered to the Guyana Police Force’s officers in order to reduce the number of preventable deaths at accidents, shooting and other combat situations.At the end of the training, the officers were required to sit an examination; only the officers scoring more than 70 per cent were certified at Wednesday’s programme.In explaining the concept of the training process, Head of the Emergency Medical Service, Dr Zulfikar Bux highlighted instances in which persons were injured and due to the lack of proper first response care by Police, the victims were permanently injured or died.“Please look after the lives of yourselves, your colleagues, and more importantly john public, they are the ones we serve,” he urged the officers.Also speaking at the event was Police Commissioner Seelall Persaud, who expressed the Force’s appreciation to Dr Bux for working so efficiently with the officers in order to complete the training.The Commissioner, in identifying the main reason for the course stated that, “A lot of deaths resulting from gunshot injuries aren’t cases where vital organs were damaged, people die from shock and haemorrhage, they bleed to death.”He went on to note that owing to this training course, this particular cause of death will be reduced. The Commissioner also touched on trauma kits which they have received through donation from The Association of Caribbean Commissioners of Police. He stated that these kits are aiding in the execution of the course.The 72 certified officers will now be tasked with responding to emergency scenes and doing their utmost best to lessen the number of fatalities arising from those situations.
From M ZulqernainLahore, May 4 (PTI) Five of the six men arrested under Pakistans tough blasphemy law for throwing a Sikh mans turban to the ground during a scuffle in Punjab Province have been granted bail after police declared them “innocent”.The police also warned Mahinder Paal Singh against raising the matter before the top authorities as a blasphemy case could also be registered against him.A civil judge of Chichawatni, some 300 kilometres from Lahore, yesterday granted to bail Rashid Gujjar, Baqir Ali, Faiz Alam, Shakeel and Snawal in the blasphemy case.”During a day in police custody we interrogated the suspects but did not find that they had committed blasphemy. It was just a brawl and during the fight Singhs turban fell to the ground,” Khaizer Hayat, Chichawatni city police in-charge, said.”We have declared the suspects innocent in the challan we submitted in the court,” he said, adding that police had inserted the blasphemy section (295 of Pakistan Penal Code) at the insistence of Singh.”We could have registered a blasphemy case against Mr Singh as he had claimed that insulting of Sikh turban is tantamount to insulting the Prophet.”He (Mahinder Singh) is lucky that the suspects did not press for registration of the FIR for committing blasphemy,” Hayat said.He further said section 295 was a bailable offence.To a question that Singh is pressing for 295/A which deals with non-bailable offence with maximum penalty of 10-year imprisonment, Hayat said, “It is in fact not a case of blasphemy. It is a case quarrel between two groups and the matter should be resolved amicably. Otherwise there will an FIR and counter FIR on blasphemy allegations.”advertisementPolice last Sunday registered an FIR under sections 295 (blasphemy), 506 (hurling threats) and 148 of Pakistan Penal Code against the six suspectsunder blasphemy law on the complaint of Singh, a resident of Multan district of Punjab, some 350 kilometers from Lahore.Singh told police that he was travelling from Faisalabad to Multan by a bus that developed a fault on the way.The driver fixed the fault but its speed was very slow and it took passengers five hours to get Chichawatni bus terminal where he and other passengers complained to the staff of the transport company and demanded an alternative vehicle for the journey to Multan.”The arguments over issue led a scuffle between the companys staff and the passengers. During the fight a bus terminal hawker, Rashid Gujjar, threw my turban on the ground and others manhandled me. Turban is considered sacred in the Sikh religious code and throwing it on the ground is tantamount to desecration,” Singh had said. PTI MZ NSA read more