Police in Kolkata reportedly made a woman, who had just suffered a heart attack and was being rushed to hospital, to wait in a traffic jam on the expressway on Wednesday to let Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s convoy pass.
A convoy, that even the police was not sure would come by road.
The relatives of the patient, 50-year-old Meherjan Begum, says they begged and pleaded, but it didn’t have any impact on the police, who simply ‘refused’ to let their ambulance through.
Begum is currently admitted in hospital in a critical condition.
According to Begum’s family members, when told that her condition was fast deteriorating, a policeman checked her pulse and concluded that she was fine and could wait till the Chief Minister had passed.
The ambulance was allowed to go only after senior officers intervened after seeing the commotion.
Banerjee, who was returning from Digha, a coastal town four hours away from Kolkata, finally didn’t return from road and flew back to Kolkata. The dedicated policemen had blocked the road on mere assumption that Banerjee could take the road to return back to the state capital.
“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,” her relative was quoted by NDTV.
Begum had complained of chest pain on Wednesday morning. Her doctor suspected that she had suffered a heart attack and asked her family to take her to hospital immediately.