A controversy broke out on Tuesday after an ambulance, carrying a bleeding child, was held up by the cops near Indira Gandhi Indoor Stadium in central Delhi. A video had surfaced on social media, which showed people urging the cops to let the ambulance go but the police personnel were seen adamant on not allowing the ambulance to move. Why? Because of a VIP movement.
Yes, you read it right. The road near the stadium was barricaded for VIP movement, and the traffic was stopped. But there was an outrage after the cops did not even allow the ambulance, which was carrying a grievously injured child from Sonepat, to move for 30 minutes. The incident happened near Gate no 14 of the stadium near IP Estate. The route was apparently blocked for public since Malaysia’s head of state was to pass from that area.
Someone uploaded the video on social media, which soon went viral, and has now been shared over 7700 times and viewed by over 3,24,000 people.
In the two-minute video, people can be heard, urging the policemen to let the ambulance go. One of the by-standers even said, ‘VIPs are more important than the life of a child who is bleeding’.
Meanwhile, Deputy Commissioner of Police (central) MS Randhawa said that the police officers were only following the protocol, and it only took a few minutes for the ambulance to pass. He added that the police officers even escorted the vehicle from back of the traffic to the barricade. A senior police officer said –
‘The ambulance was stuck behind several cars. We got the passage cleared and brought it ahead. In a span of few minutes, it was allowed to go.’
However, it doesn’t look like this in the video.