Telangana woman dies in vehicle stopped for CM’s convoy

Hyderabad, Jan 31 (IANS) A woman died on way to hospital in a Telangana town as the vehicle carrying her was stopped at a police roadblock put up for Telangana Chief Minister K. Chandrasekhar Rao’s visit there on Tuesday.

The incident occurred in Suryapet town, about 135 km from here, when the police stopped the traffic as the Chief Minister’s convoy was to pass through the area.

Soma Lakshmamma (65), an asthma patient, was being taken to a private nursing home in a vehicle by her relatives when the police stopped the traffic near the residence of Energy Minister Jagdish Reddy.

The Chief Minister, who was on his way from Hyderabad to Khammam district, was scheduled to stop at the minister’s house. The police had imposed traffic restrictions around the minister’s house and the hospital is located in the same area.

The family members of Lakshmamma alleged that she died before reaching the hospital. They blamed the traffic restrictions imposed by the police for her death as she could not get immediate medical attention following asthma attack.

Lakshmamma’s husband Anjaiah said he had requested the police officials to allow their vehicle to pass through but they did not heed, resulting in delay of more than half an hour.

However, the police denied the allegation. A police officer claimed that some policemen not only provided the passage for the vehicle carrying the patient but also went to hospital to help her.

–IANS

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