This week’s ‘Bharat Bandh’ weighed down heavily on a techie when his mother fell ill and had to be ferried on his bike in the absence of an ambulance. On their way to the hospital, they were yet again caught in the bandh in Hyderabad.
That is when the good cops came to their rescue.
What had happened?
At about 9 AM in the morning, techie Sai Teja’s mother, K Bharathi, fell ill and failed.
“I immediately started seeking ambulance service. But I was informed that the ambulance of a nearby hospital was unavailable as it was out to get a patient and had not returned,” The Times of India quoted Teja as saying. Meanwhile, Teja frantically called other ambulance services, but to no avail.
With no option available, Teja took his mother on a two-wheeler in an attempt to reach the hospital. However, they were again stuck in traffic at the KPHB main road.
“Initially, I thought it was an accident due to which there was so much traffic jam. Later I was told that some people have blocked the road in view of the bandh due to which vehicles were unable to move forward,” said Teja.
Teja, worried for his mother, sought help from Cyberabad traffic police. That is when the cops came to their rescue and helped Teja take his mother to a private hospital on the Kukatpally road. Due to protests in support of the farmers, the road was completely blocked.
“After receiving the emergency call from the control room stating that the lady needed immediate medical assistance, we shifted them on the wrong side of the road and cleared the passage for them to reach the hospital,” said Bose Kiran, traffic inspector, Kukatpally traffic police.
Hundreds of people, besides Teja’s mother, were affected by the bandh in similar ways. In the case of Teja’s mother, it took her three hours to get medical assistance. All thanks to the good policemen, the unsung heroes, who we fail to appreciate as much as we criticise them.
Several people took to social media to extend support to Teja. “I can understand the pain brother. I recollect the experience of shifting my mother from one hospital to another. Felt every second like an hour. mbulance struck in traffic is the worst thing in our so-called global city,” tweeted one Nanda Kishore Kapa.