It is surprising how violence and hatred are making ways through protests. Incidents like protesters getting beaten up by police and people dying in the ambulance because of getting stuck in a traffic jam caused by the protesters, are not new in India.

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Another tragic incident happened on 2nd April, Monday in Bijnor, Uttar Pradesh. When several parts of North India including Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, UP, and MP was on virtual lockdown. As various Dalit organizations called for a “Bharat Bandh”, protesting against “dilution” of SCs/STs (Prevention of Atrocities) Act.

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68-year-old Lokka Singh, an asthma patient was under treatment in a district hospital. His condition started to deteriorate, around 11:45 am doctors decided to transfer him to a private hospital.

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While going towards Shashtri Chowk their ambulance got stuck at Judgi crossing. After desperate pleading to the protestors his son carried him on his back. He covered the distance to the private hospital in an hour. But as soon as they reached there the doctors declared him dead.

Lokka Singh’s wife Vimala Devi now rants that his husband would have been alive if the ambulance has been allowed to pass.

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