A patient, who was being taken to a hospital, died after a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader stopped the ambulance after it hit his vehicle.
The incident took place in Fatehabad district of Haryana. According to news agency ANI, BJP Leader Darshan Nagpal chased an ambulance and stopped it after it hit his car. Nagpal didn’t let the ambulance go for half an hour. The delay reportedly caused the death of the patient. A case has been registered against Nagpal.
The ambulance reportedly clipped Nagpal's car following which he chased down the ambulance and snatched away the keys from the driver. He then allegedly argued with the driver and the patient's family.
Patient Naveen Soni's relatives, Sitaram Soni and Arun Soni, have said in their complaint that the BJP leader chased the ambulance down, blocked its way and refused to let it pass for about half an hour. When the ambulance finally made it to the hospital, they said, 42-year-old Naveen Soni was dead.
"Pradhan tailed our car and stopped our ambulance, demanding compensation for damages," said Sitaram Soni, the patient's older brother, reports NDTV.
"The doctor told us if only you had come 15 minutes earlier, we could have saved him," Soni said.
Nagpal claimed that after his car was hit by the ambulance, he let it drive to the hospital with the patient before speaking to the driver. "There is no question of stopping the ambulance, ask anyone present there. I believe in service how can I stop an ambulance."
This is the second crime to emerge in the past two days linked to the state's ruling BJP. In another case, the state BJP chief's son has been accused of stalking a woman, who described in a Facebook post how she was chased on the streets of Chandigarh on Friday night.