A 50-year-old man who suffered a heart attack at home in east Delhi Saturday died on the way to hospital, allegedly due to delay caused by traffic diversions in place for Independence Day.
Family members of Kailash Chand Maurya, a retired guest house manager, said he suffered the heart attack around 9.30 am and they moved to rush him to Irwin Hospital in Daryaganj, a 15-minute journey from their home. However, they reached the hospital after an hour and doctors declared him dead on arrival. Maurya’s son Bhupinder said traffic diversions for the full dress rehearsal for Independence Day delayed them.
He said, “I took an auto and started for the hospital in Daryaganj. I took the Geeta Colony flyover and took a U-turn towards Rajghat, but found that police had barricaded the road. I made for ITO and found that police had barricaded the road there too. Finally, I took a route through IP Estate to Bhairon Singh Marg and then to the hospital. When we reached the hospital, it had already been an hour and doctors declared my father dead.”
Asked if he had told police there was a medical emergency, Bhupinder said, “I was tense and did not want to waste time in arguing with police. That is why I did not tell them that my father needed urgent medical attention. I just wanted to reach the hospital.”
Police said the incident was “sad”, while adding that the traffic restrictions had been widely advertised. Delhi Police PRO Rajan Bhagat said, “It is sad, but the family did not inform police there was a medical emergency. Earlier in the day, we had allowed an ambulance through the same road.”