Heart Attack Patient Kept Waiting for Mamata Banerjee’s Convoy


Kolkata: An ambulance carrying a heart attack victim to Kolkata on Wednesday was kept waiting near an expressway as policemen waited for  Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s convoy to pass.

Meherjan Begum, 50, is admitted in hospital in a critical condition. Her family says they begged and pleaded, but the police refused to let their ambulance through. When they said her condition was serious, a policeman allegedly checked her pulse and decided that she could wait till the Chief Minister had passed. The ambulance was allowed to go only when senior officers finally arrived to check on the commotion.

“We have a patient in the ambulance. I spoke to the police administration. They said we can’t do anything because the Chief Minister’s pilot will pass now. So we are stuck in a jam,” said a relative accompanying her.

Ms Banerjee was returning from Digha, four hours from Kolkata, but the police were not certain whether she would arrive by road or fly back. The Chief Minister finally flew back to Kolkata.