Ambulance service denied due to ‘bad road’, Bengal woman dies on way to hospital
Times of India | 19 November 2023
MALDA: A 25-year-old woman had to be carried on shoulders for 10km to a Malda block hospital after public carriers, from ambulance to toto rickshaws, refused the journey due to bad road conditions, reports Subhro Maitra.
When Kartick Roy finally reached hospital with his ailing wife Mamoni, doctors pronounced her dead. The incident happened at Bamangola's Maldanga village under Malda Sadar subdivision.
Mamoni had a fever since Wednesday and Kartick decided to hospitalise her on Friday.After the ambulance operator and toto rickshaws refused him, Kartick and his friends took Mamoni on a cot and carried it on their shoulders to Modipukur block hospital.
Locals uploaded the photo on social media.
BDO Raju Kundu, who reached the village on Saturday, was mobbed by locals who held the panchayat and the administration responsible for the incident. "An estimated Rs 99 lakh has been finalised for the road repair," he said. The death sparked protests as hundreds of villagers blocked the state highway.
BJP leader Bina Sarkar Kirtania blamed it on the state government for neglecting the road repair despite repeated reminders from villagers.
Malda Trinamool leaders, while condoling the death, said Bamangola came under Habibpur Vidhan Sabha and Maldaha Uttar LS constituency that have both elected BJP representatives. "Why haven't the roads been developed? Have the BJP MLAs and MPs pocketed Pathashree-Rastashree funds allocated by the state government?" asked state minister Shashi Panja.