A critically ill patient died in Telangana's Suryapet after the police allegedly did not let the vehicle carrying her pass, as it was expecting Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao's convoy.
Laxmamma, a resident of Sriram colony, was suffering from asthma and died in the car, as it was stopped from going to a nursing home, her husband has alleged.
Speaking to the local media, he accused the police of 'high-handedness', which resulted in his wife's death.
The incident reportedly occurred ahead of KCR's visit to Khammam district, where he inaugurated the Bhakta Ramadasu Lift Irrigation Project on Tuesday.
According to an itinerary released by the CMO, KCR also went on to inaugurate other projects, before addressing a public meet in Tirumalayapalem, and then heading back to Hyderabad.
While the Suryapet visit was not mentioned in the press release, local media reported that KCR made a detour to visit a Minister in the city for lunch.
According to reports, the nursing home that Laxmamma was being taken to was close to state Education Minister and Suryapet MLA Guntakandla Jagadish Reddy’s residence.
KCR was also greeted by district collector K Surendramohan.
However, the district police have denied all allegations and stated that the security had aided the patient in reaching the nursing home.
Speaking to TNM, Superintendent of Police Parimala Hana Nutan said, "The nursing home is situated right opposite the Minister's home, and at the corner of the lane. Only a movable barricade was put to restrict movement for the convoy."
"The incident happened before the convoy even entered the lane. There was an SI posted at the barricade and he immediately alerted his senior officers that there was an emergency. Following this, immediate instructions followed that the car be allowed to pass," she added.
Parimala says that it was the police who helped the car move in less than a minute, so that it could reach the nursing home.
"A lady inspector even offered to lift her up, but they insisted on a stretcher, so a police van that was ahead even alerted a doctor and got the stretcher ready. However, when they reached the nursing home, the doctor checked her pulse in the car itself, and declared her brought dead," she adds.
Footage from local TV channels also shows the doctor checking the woman's pulse in the car.
"After that, the lady's body was taken inside, and the car was taken aside. That is the truth," Parimala said.