Ambulance Carrying Heart Patient Made To Wait For Mamata Banerjee's Convoy

Kolkata; Dec.24: An ambulance carrying a heart victim was held by the policemen waiting for the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's convoy on an expressway to Kolkata on Wednesday morning, and was not allowed to go even when the patient's kin pleaded with folded hands.

Meherjan Begum, 50, is admitted in hospital in a critical condition.

Her family says they begged and pleaded, but the police refused to let their ambulance through.

When they said her condition was serious, a policeman allegedly checked her pulse and decided that she could wait till the Chief Minister had passed. The ambulance was allowed to go only when senior officers finally arrived to check on the commotion.

Ms Banerjee was returning from Digha, four hours from Kolkata, but the police were not certain whether she would arrive by road or fly back.

The Chief Minister finally flew back to Kolkata.

But among hundreds stuck in a traffic jam to keep the highway clear for her convoy was Meherjan, who was clearly in pain. The hospital was just a 20-minute drive away.

"We have a patient in the ambulance. I spoke to the police administration. They said we can't do anything because the Chief Minister's pilot will pass now. So we are stuck in a jam," said a relative accompanying her.

Terming the incident as an instance of VVIP racism in the state, the Bharatiya Janata Party on Thursday said this showed the kind of misgovernance and lawlessness prevailing in the state.

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