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6, including 4 returnees injured in road accident in Assam

TURA, MAY 17 (AGENCIES) | Publish Date: 5/17/2020 9:15:57 AM IST

 Six people including four returnees from Chennai, hailing from Garo Hills, were injured in a road accident near Dudhnoi under Goalpara in Assam on Saturday morning, reports The Northeast Today.

Shockingly, the injured persons were reportedly were denied services over ‘protocol’ issues by a ‘108’ ambulance that had been pressed into service in the district of North Garo Hills.

The accident took place on Saturday morning leading to the driver, handyman and 4 returnees from Chennai suffering minor injuries.

As per sources, details of the accident was then informed to the receiving team in Berubari under Bajengdoba, where one of the magistrates on duty informed the ambulance on duty at the check point to assist those injured and take them to Tura.

However the ambulance, on standby duty for COVID – 19, refused to budge saying protocol needed to be followed and calls needed to be made by the helpline before they could move.

“An ambulance from Dudhnoi, Assam attended to the injured and they were then rushed to Tura where their injuries were attended to,” informed superintendent of police (SP), North Garo Hills, Abraham T Sangma.

However, the refusal of the 108 services to take up a call for those injured despite being informed and standing ready for duty did not go down well with many, with some people even condemning the attitude of the employees in question.

A resident from the district questioned the need for ambulances if this was how responses were taken up.

Meanwhile, inclement weather, along with a poor section of the road led to another accident on the NH 51 near the village of Asuragre in West Garo Hills. The incident took place at about 4:30 am on Saturday morning.

“There were no major injuries and the bus was moving towards ISBT with returnees from Chennai. Those with minor injuries were given medical care. Cranes were pressed into service, with one being provided by the BSF to retrieve the bus that went off the road,” informed SP of West Garo Hills, Dr MGR Kumar.

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