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The News Minute | March 3, 2015 | 11.24 am IST | Updated 09:02 pm A Bengaluru cop allegedly roughed up a man who helped an ambulance on its way during an emergency in the city on Tuesday. In the video recorded by the channel, a balding man can be seen unfastening a rope that was directing traffic in a particular direction. Once the man gets off his cycle and unfastens the rope, the ambulance takes off, its siren wailing.  According to latest reports, the policeman in question has been suspended.  However, other vehicles that were stuck behind the ambulance used the opportunity to skip the long wait at the traffic signal and also use the same road as the ambulance. Moments later, a police officer, identified by the channel as Sadashivnagar Assistant sub-Inspector Ganganna can be seen roughing up the man, as he apparently attempts to explain his actions.  Nagappa can be seen gesturing at the direction in which ambulance that has just passed. The police officer shoves and strikes a few blows on Nagappa, who parks his cycle crosses the road with his arm outstretched, still pointing at the ambulance which had just left.  The channel also spoke to the ambulance driver Basavaraj, who says that it was he who had asked the man to take off the rope, as he had to cater to an emergency and supply blood. Commissioner of Police M N Reddi said that the police were sensitised towards the need of ambulances on emergency duty. He said that the traffic police constantly monitored the progress of an ambulance and did everything to ensure their smooth passage, unless it was physically impossible to enable the ambulance to move.  "We have suspended the inspector (Ganganna) for physically abusing Nagappa, an ex-serviceman, who allowed an ambulance to drive out of the traffic jam by removing a rope barricade tied to block access to a free passage on Palace Road," deputy superintendent of police (DCP) Rajendra Prasad told IANS. "Though Nagappa was not authorised to remove the barricade, the sub-inspector had no right to manhandle him when he was trying to help the ambulance to get out of the traffic jam," Prasad admitted. Reddi also apologised to the man Nagappa, saying that "what had happened to him was sad", and that his staff "should not have done what they did". He said that he had ordered the suspension of the officer.  Watch the video here: With IANS Tweet  Follow @thenewsminute
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