Mumbai police on Wednesday refuted claims that an ambulance was held up to allow the convoy of Home Secretary Amit Shah to pass.
A day after videos emerged showing the ambulance waiting in traffic in the suburb of Andheri as the convoy passed, police said the ambulance was not carrying an emergency patient and the siren continued to wail due to a technical malfunction.
“After inquiries, the traffic officer on site verified that there was no emergency patient in the ambulance and the ambulance driver was unable to switch off the siren due to a defect. The police said in a statement issued on the official Twitter handle.
After the video went viral, many netizens slammed the BJP and “VIP culture”.
“Never before would you imagine this in Mumbai, an ambulance was kept waiting to let Amit Shah’s convoy through. Amit Shah is technically a Z+ security guard (a VIP and not a VVIP). BJP is now in power. Saket Gokhale tweeted.
Commenting on the clarification from the traffic police, Abhijeet Padole tweeted: “Ambulance is always for emergencies… What do you mean there was no emergency patient? If there is a patient in the ambulance, it is an emergency. If there is no patient , means the ambulance is on its way to pick up the patient. Stop hiding your flaws”.
“Maybe the ambulance is going to pick up a patient who was urgently needed. How did you come to the conclusion that the ambulance had no patient in the house and that the siren of the same one was defective? Did the officer on duty make inquiries? Just cover up the defects”, said another Twitter user.
Shah visited Lalbaugcha Raja, a prominent Ganesh pandal, on Monday during his two-day visit to the city. He also visited the residences of Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis.