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Ambulance stopped to allow CM’s convoy; police deny

An ambulance carrying a patient who suffered a heart attack was allegedly held up by police on an expressway from where West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s convoy was expected to pass through. Rubbishing the charges, Howrah’s Deputy Commissioner of Police (Traffic) Sumit Kumar said the ambulance was caught up in a traffic jam due to the breakdown of a bus.

Putting the traffic restrictions while the Prime Ministers, Chief Ministers and other ministers and biggies convoys are passing on the public roads, is not new and is even considered necessary, keeping in mind the security reasons of the biggies.

Now undergoing treatment at the cardiology department of SSKM Hospital, Meherjan Begum’s condition is critical.

The strict vigil was kept even when the police was not sure if Banerjee would come by road or fly back. The CM eventually took a helicopter. He also claimed that the family members had to plead with the senior police officers present there to allow the passage of the ambulance.

When they said her condition was serious, a policeman checked her pulse and decided that she could wait till the chief minister had passed.

Responding to the issue, one of the relatives of Meherjan said, “We have a patient in the ambulance”. The chief minister would launch the helicopter service from Digha to Kolkata tomorrow before returning to Kolkata by helicopter.

However, Howrah DC-traffic Sumit Kumar said, “I am not aware of any ambulance being stopped by policemen on the CM’s duty”.

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