A case has been registered against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader Darshan Nagpal for allegedly stalling an ambulance after it hit his car, causing a delay that may have led to the patient’s death.
Nagpal allegedly stopped the ambulance for half an hour as it rammed into his vehicle on August 5 in Haryana’s Fatehabad district.
The patient, Naveen Soni (42), lost his life as the ambulance reached the hospital late.
The patient’s relatives, in their complaint, alleged that the BJP leader chased the ambulance down, blocked its way and refused to let it pass for about half an hour.
“Pradhan chased the ambulance and stopped it. He asked for compensation and argued for half an hour. He let us go after we pleaded and apologized to him,” said patient’s brother.
On the other hand, Darshan has denied all allegations of the patient’s relatives, who have filed the complaint. “We didn't stop the ambulance. There is no question of stopping the ambulance, ask anyone present there. I believe in service, so how can I stop an ambulance,” he said.
The police is investigating the case for detailed information.
"The man died after Nagpal stopped ambulance for half an hour after it hit his vehicle. We have called both sides for further investigation," the police said.
This is the second crime in the past two days linked to the state’s ruling BJP government. In another case, Haryana BJP chief Shubhash Barala’s son Vikas Barala has been accused of stalking a woman, who alleged that Vikas and his friend had chased her on the streets of Chandigarh on Friday night.
Charged with section 354 D (stalking) of IPC, section 185 of the Motor Vehicle Act (driving by a drunken person or by a person under the influence of drugs) and section 341 (Punishment for wrongful restraint), Vikas Barala and his friend were released on bail within hours of their arrest by a police patrol car.