Woman dies in Uttar Pradesh after traffic held up for VVIP visit of President Ram Nath Kovind; UP Police issue apology, suspend two officers


A 50-year-old woman lost her life on Friday after she was reportedly held up in traffic due to restrictions imposed due to the VVIP visit of President Ram Nath Kovind. Faced with embarrassment, the UP Police issued an apology and suspended two of their junior-ranked officers.

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the victim, identified as Vandana Mishra, was the head of the Indian Industries Association. She died after she and her family were stuck in traffic due to Kovind’s official visit.

The UP Police took to Twitter to write, “His Excellency President was hurt by the untimely death of sister Vandana Mishra. He took the information by calling the Police Commissioner and the District Magistrate and told us to convey his condolences to the grieving family. Officials joined the cremation and conveyed His Excellency’s message to the family.”

In their subsequent tweet, the Kanpur Police wrote, “Citizens must not suffer inconvenience due to (VVIP) security. Never in the case of a medical emergency. Steps are being taken to improve the system so that such incidents are not repeated. SI Sushil Kumar and three other chief constables have been suspended for stopping the traffic for longer than they were directed to do so. Ad. DCP South would lead the probe.”

The Kanpur Police also shared a photo of one of its officers meeting the family at the cremation ground where Mishra’s last rites were performed.

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