Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s tight security during his visit to Chandigarh on Tuesday cost a family its sole breadwinner, the victim’s relatives alleged.
Singh was the chief guest at the 30th convocation of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER).
Kidney patient Sumit Prakash Verma, 32, reached PGIMER in a critical condition but was denied entry and shuttled from one gate to another for an hour, his family said. This even as the PM professed “service to the poorest” inside the Bhargava auditorium.
“The security men didn’t allow us to enter and asked us to go to Gate 2,” said Neeraj Verma, his nephew. “From Gate 2, they asked us to go to Gate 1. There we were not allowed in again.” Verma was declared brought dead when they finally reached Emergency.
PGIMER spokesperson Manju Wadwalkar said, “At no point of time was any hospital facility closed.” Asking for a report, the PM’s office said it is “saddened at the death of a patient during the visit of the Prime Minister”.
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