New Delhi: District Magistrate of Jehanabad, Alok Ranjan Gosh, on Monday ruled out any relation between Bharat Bandh and two-year-old girl’s death. Talking to news agency ANI, he said, “There is no direct correlation with Bharat Bandh but generally during a Bandh frequency of vehicles is less. This may have caused little inconvenience. But even the family of the deceased said that ambulance wasn’t stopped due to Bharat Bandh.”
It is to be noted here that earlier in the day a critically ill two-year-old girl reportedly died on her way to a hospital as Bharat Bandh supporters blocked roads in Bihar’s Jehanabad town. Pramod Manjhi, the victim’s father, had said his daughter was suffering from diarrhea and was advised to take her to a hospital in Jehanabad.
“We faced several obstructions on our way to the town. Our autorickshaw was stopped at many places which resulted in delay and led to her condition to deteriorate. She died before we reached,” Manjhi, a Dalit villager from Belaganj, had said.
However, DM said, “Father of the 2-yr-old girl told us that she was critical since last night only. When they were taking her to the hospital today morning, she died midway.”
As per a report, the ambulance carrying the girl got stuck in road blockade by Bandh supporters, following which she lost her life before reaching the hospital.
The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party and Janata Dal-United leaders attacked the opposition Congress and its ally Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) for the girl’s death due to their shutdown called against fuel price hike.
The ‘Bharat Bandh’ called by a united opposition, led by Congress president Rahul Gandhi, against the spiralling fuel prices hit normal life in some states on Monday with offices and educational institutes remaining closed and vehicles off the roads.
Led by the Congress, the band was supported by as many as 21 opposition parties, including Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S), Samajwadi Party (SP), Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP), DMK, Trinamool Congress, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD), Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) and Maharashtra Navanirman Sena (MNS).