Usually, the news of a politician or person of importance visiting a place, or being on the move, is followed by notifications about areas which would be barred to general public for security reasons. This is then followed by diversions, congestion and inconvenience on the roadways, but then again, who can argue about it?
In such a scenario, there comes a heartening incident from Bengaluru where a traffic sub-inspector, Nijlingappa, did something commendable: he stopped President Pranab Mukherjee's convoy to let an ambulance pass through. And taking note of his act, he will be rewarded by the Karnataka state police too.
Nijlingappa was deployed at the Trinity junction on June 17, when the incident happened. The President, who was in the city for inaugurating the Bengaluru metro's Green Line, was heading towards Raj Bhavan when Nijlingappa received information about an ambulance carrying a patient and was trying to find its way to a hospital.
According to reports, Nijlingappa acted quickly, making it possible for the ambulance to cut through busy traffic and make its way ahead.
You can watch Bangalore Mirror's video of the incident here:
His act got him many a praise on social media, including senior police officers.
In the past, patients have died waiting for VIP convoys. So, right behavior needs to be recognized & rewarded. Glad common sense prevailed.— Sabyasachi Das (@offmyownbat) June 18, 2017
Great job!!! President convoy is no bigger than Ambulance :)— Rajkumar (@imolplus) June 18, 2017
Will our chief minister also learn from this?
This is how we need to set an example! Fabulous— Komlin Kaur (@Komlinkaur) June 18, 2017
the best humanity displayed by the policemen present there i salute to them i would like to say please do this everytime u see like this— mohammed ilyas (@mohamme98450641) June 18, 2017
There have been several instances earlier where ambulances have not been allowed to pass through due to VIP convoys. Just last month, after Karnataka CM Siddaramaiah assured that ambulances would not be held up due to VIP movements. This after an ambulance carrying a 60-year-old critical patient was stopped on Queens road to give way for a VIP gathering.