Though public life was hardly affected by the Bharat Bandh on Friday with many private vehicles plying on the roads, a Bengaluru man had a harrowing time finding an ambulance to shift his mother’s body, according to The Times of India.
Azgar Pasha, an auto driver, saw himself appealing to the many ambulances stationed outside Victoria hospital in Kalasipalya, after his 60-year-old mother Tajjunnisa passed away at 5 30am on Friday.
After the ambulances quoted exorbitant rates, he had to transport his mother's body in a friend's vehicle.
As opposed to BBMP hearse vans that charge Rs 15 per hour, the private ambulances demanded fares as high as Rs 1500.
According to a report in The Times of India, their home in Rajajinagar was hardly a 5km ride.
“It was between 6.30 and 7 this morning. I approached private ambulances. Taking advantage of the bandh, they demanded Rs 1,500 to Rs 2,000 to my house, which is about 5km from the hospital. The state-run 108 ambulance too quoted a high figure. Since I couldn’t afford the fare, I asked my friend who drives a tempo to help me,” Azgar told TOI.
Dr P K Devadass, director, Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute, to which Victoria Hospital is affiliated maintained that dead bodies are not transported in their ambulances.
Dr S Venkata Raghava, associate professor, department of forensic medicine at the hospital claimed that the hospital has put up boards that say that the hospital has nothing to with private ambulances outside the hospital.