CM orders probe after ambulance hold-up video goes viral

CM orders probe after ambulance hold-up video goes viral

Submitted by alvin on Wed, 2016-06-29 21:00 Bengaluru: A video of a 108 ambulance held-up due to chief minister Siddaramaiah’s convoy movement on June 25 went viral on Wednesday, forcing the CM to order a probe into the allegations that the patient in the ambulance had died due to the hold-up.Seemanth Kumar, IGP, Central Range, has been ordered to probe the video which shows heated argument between traffic police and common people for blocking the ambulance. The incident took place at Hoskote when CM was returning from Chintamani after inaugurating a two-day cultural event on June 25.Traffic police had blocked the road with barricades for the convoy movement, resulting in the ambulance getting stuck. The video shows people arguing with the traffic police to let the ambulance move.A few regional news channels even claimed that the ambulance was taking a female patient to the hospital and she had dead by the time the ambulance reached the hospital.This allegation was denied by Seemanth Kumar, who spoke to the media on Wednesday. “Traffic was held up for only two minutes and not over 20 minutes as claimed by person in the video. The patient who was inside the ambulance was a man and not a woman. The patient is alive and was taken safely to the hospital for treatment.”Authorities behind the 108 ambulance service said they had received only one call from a man identified as Raghavendra, a resident of Kolar, who had called in to report about his relative’s injuries.SS Parvez, spokesperson, 108 GVK EMRI Arogya Kavacha, said, “We were asked to submit the call details to police from 8pm to 9pm. Only one call was traced between 8:30 to 8:45 pm from Hoskote side. This is the time when VVIP movement was scheduled. The patient from Kolar was being rushed to Bengaluru. No female patient was taken in an 108 ambulance at that time. The driver did not face any issue as the police had made way.”The man who placed the call, Raghavedra, said the news about female patient was false. “I am the witness. I was taking my relative Naveen Kumar to Hosmat hospital for treatment as he has suffered fracture and there was a blood clot in his eye region. There was VVIP movement but they did not stop us for more than five minutes. The patient is also fine and has returned to her native place after treatment,” said Raghavendra.Watch Video: