India is a democratic country with people having equal rights irrespective of their class, color, social status or ethnicity.However, at times the VIP culture and politicians along with fringe elements have made us believe that some lives are more precious than others.A lot of incidents have been reported where even ambulances were stopped to let a “VIP” convoy pass, ultimately leading to the death of patients.
In yet another similar incident from Bihar, a woman patient died on Thursday after her ambulance got stuck in a massive traffic jam caused by the Bihar Bandh organized by opposition Rashtriya Janta Dal (RJD). The patient Somari Devi aged 35 was critically ill and was being taken from Mahnar in Hajipur to a Patna hospital, but the ambulance was caught in traffic on the Mahatma Gandhi Setu, which connects North Bihar to Patna due to the ‘chakka jam’ by RJD workers.
The pleas of her in-laws fell on the deaf ears of cops and RJD workers.The bandh was called by RJD chief Lalu Prasad Yadav to protest against the new sand mining policy of the Bihar government.
The ruling Janata Dal (United) had earlier rolled out a new sand mining policy to
fight against the illegal sand mining mafia.Even though the policy was later withdrawn, RJD didn’t cancel the bandh.
In a shocking statement, senior RJD leader Raghuvansh Prasad WAS QUOTED BY FIRSTPOST AS SAYING, “Such incidents happen during agitation. Some people also die sometimes.”
Relatives of the woman said she died in the ambulance before reaching Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH).
In Katihar also, a middle-aged man, Santosh Sah, died in the ambulance as it failed to reach the hospital due to a traffic jam caused by the bandh supporters.
However, the protestors don’t seem to care much about the deaths and instead blamed the ruling party for it.
“When the government agreed to continue the old mining policy, then why did RJD press ahead with the bandh call? Violence is in their DNA and they are just demonstrating the same,” JD(U) spokesman Ajay Alok said.
The incident really shows how much the politicians care for the people, protesting against an already withdrawn policy and damaging public properties is nothing but a showoff and misuse of power. We hope the politicians and other VIPs start caring more about the life of people.On one hand, they claim that they are protesting for the people and the other when someone dies, they claim “such things happen”. Who are they kidding?