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Centre seeks to delink Aman`s death with PM`s visit

The Centre on Saturday sought to delink the death of a 8-year-old injured boy with the security arrangements for PM Manmohan Singh`s visit here and asked UP government to hold a high-level probe into the incident.



Kanpur: The Centre on Saturday sought to delink
the death of a 8-year-old injured boy with the security
arrangements for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh`s visit here
and asked Uttar Pradesh government to hold a high-level probe
into the incident and fix responsibilities for it.

The boy Aman`s family had alleged that security blocades
set up on the roads during the Prime Minister`s visit here on
July 3 had prevented them from taking him to hospital in time
to save him.
Putting the ball in the court of Uttar Pradesh
government, Union Minister Sriprakash Jaiswal told reporters
here that Aman`s death could not be linked to the Prime
Minister`s visit and it was the duty of the local authorities
to ensure alternative routes to meet medical emergency of a
person.

He said he will write a letter to Uttar Pradesh Chief
Minister Mayawati demanding a probe into the incident by a
high-powered committee so that officers responsible for it
could be identified and strong action taken against them.

Jaiswal said if Aman was seriously injured, the local
police administration should have ensured an alternative route
to take him to a hospital or if this was not possible police
should have transported the boy in their own vehicle.

Jaiswal said he had not been sent to Kanpur by Congress
President Sonia Gandhi but came here as the local MP to
console Aman`s family and to give it strength to bear the loss
by joining a candle march in memory of the boy.
He said whenever a person with SPG security cover comes
to any city, local administration officials should identify
some routes other than those used by VVIPs so that anyone
needing emergency medical attention could be taken to
hospital.

Jaiswal said henceforth the state government should
ensure that an ailing or injured person can be taken to
hospital without any hassle during a VVIP visit.

He said he would apprise Sonia Gandhi of the entire
matter.

Asked if the Centre would give monetary compensation to
Aman`s family, Jaiswal said this was the job of the state
government and he in his letter to Mayawati would recommend
the same.

The boy`s parents Usha Sharma and Tasdud Hussain had
alleged they were stopped from taking Aman to hospital by
security personnel who barricaded all major roads here for the
Prime Minister`s visit to Indian Institute of Technology on
July 3 as part of security curbs. The boy had sustained
serious head injuries after falling from a height at his home.

Aman`s mother had written a letter to Sonia Gandhi to
ensure that a similar tragedy does not befall anyone else in
future.

PTI

From Zee News

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