Puppet PM Manmohan's security claims patient's life
New Delhi, Dec 20-2010 (PTI)
The family of a 46-year-old man today alleged that he died of a heart attack as he could not be rushed to hospital on time due to blockage of roads to facilitate passage of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's cavalcade.
Anil Jain died in an ambulance near Rajghat when he was being taken to a hospital at around 7:15 PM last night.
His son Deepak alleged that they were stuck in a traffic jam near Rajghat after traffic movement was stopped for the Prime Minister''s cavalcade to pass through.
"We called up the Police Control Room. They did not help us. They kept us asking us where we are. Had we not stuck in the jam for 15-20 minutes, my father could have been saved," Deepak told PTI. The family resides in Shahdara.
His father suffered a heart attack yesterday and was reportedly turned away from two hospitals where doctors told them they were not equipped to treat Anil.
"We were on way to another hospital when we got stuck in the hospital," Deepak said.
Admitting that traffic was blocked for ten minutes at Rajghat for the movement of the cavalcade, police said they would investigate the matter.
This is the third such incident in the past one year.
In July this year, the parents of eight-year-old boy Aman Khan blamed the Prime Minister for their son''s demise. They alleged that Aman died as they could not take him to a hospital after roadblocks erected during Singh's visit to Kanpur.
In November last year, a 32-year-old man died at the gate of a hospital in Chandigarh as security for the prime minister''s visit hindered his access to timely medical treatment.
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In November last year, a 32-year-old man died outside Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh as security for the PM’s visit barred his access to timely medical treatment.
PM's security claims patient's life
Nov 4, 2009, 12.43am IST
CHANDIGARH: VVIP security, always a huge public inconvenience, may have claimed the life of a 32-year-old man who died of kidney failure on Tuesday after being denied entry to the city's premier Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education due to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh's security. ( Watch Video )
A very ill Sumit Verma was taken by his family from Ambala to Chandigarh where he was admitted for dialysis at a private hospital. But when he developed breathing problems, he was rushed to PGI but found most routes leading to the hospital blocked.
Verma's kin alleged that after a two-hour struggle, they managed to wind their way to the hospital gate, but were blocked again by Chandigarh police, manning the outer perimeter of the multi-layered security ring that's thrown around any VVIP venue.
The PM was at PGI for the institute's convocation.
"Uniformed cops stopped our car from entering PGI's main gate, which is located opposite Panjab University campus. We were told to go from the other gate about a kilometre away. It took us a lot of time to get there as traffic was chaotic because of security arrangements," said Aruna, the victim's sister-in-law.
Government sources regretted Verma's death and said PMO had asked for a full report. However, they pointed out that the OPD had remained open during the PM's visit to the institute and 40 patients had been treated between 10 am and 12 pm when the PM was there. Hospital PRO Manju Wadwalkar said Verma was brought dead around noon at the "endstage" of his kidney ailment. She denied hospital facilities had been closed.
While government sources wondered at the Ambala goldsmith being moved in his critical condition without an ambulance, the smothering security of police barricades and being waved down by cops as a cavalcade of siren-blaring cars zooms past are common experience across India. What happened on Tuesday has highlighted the cost that a citizen may have to pay.
Verma had been driven to Chandigarh all the way from Ambala as his kidneys started giving way. He was first taken for dialysis to a private hospital on reaching Chandigarh. But after he developed breathing problems, his family tried to rush him to PGI.
Sukhwinder Singh, who drove the car from Ambala, said Sumit was in great pain and in tears by the time they reached the PGI gate. And even when they were allowed in after the fatal wait, there was nobody to help or guide them.
"We mistakenly reached the cardiology department and were stopped there for 10 minutes as PM's caravan had arrived. Then, a security guard was sent to accompany the car to the emergency ward, where doctors declared Sumit 'brought dead'," said Aruna, who was with the body along with Sumit's widow Isha.
Curiously, Chandigarh SSP S S Srivastava had initially said that following a request from Sumit's relatives, the body was released without a postmortem. Later, however, Sukhbir Singh Rana, SHO of Sector 11 police station, clarified that the body would be handed over to Sumit's kin only after the autopsy was done. He added that inquiry officer Ashwani Sharma had recorded statements of driver Sukhwinder Singh and others accompanying him. Another police officer said the tragedy could have been averted if the patient had been sent in an ambulance.
In July this year, the parents of eight-year-old boy Aman Khan blamed the PM for their son’s demise. They alleged that Aman died as they could not take him to a hospital after roads were blocked during PM Singh’s visit to Kanpur.
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..... when tons of foodgrains was getting destroyed ,,,Supreme court order that fraud Sharad Pawar to distribute free of those food grain among the poor..But our great PM Manmohan got frustated and went aginst supreme court decision,,,he subtly registered his disagreement with the court's order...... wah Manmohan idiot
The Centre found itself scurrying for cover on food for the poor once again, with Supreme Court on Tuesday(sep 2010) expressing anguish at the government's casual attitude to reports of millions of tonnes of foodgrain rotting in the open when the needy were bereft of two square meals a day.
The court bluntly asked the Manmohan Singh government what was a better choice -- to waste foodgrain or give it free of cost to the poor and hungry?
The SC also recalled a recent remark of Pawar that sugar prices may continue to rise before falling in the near future. The Bench said, "This is an open invitation for hoarding. You are creating artificial scarcity."