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' PM security curbs claimed my boy's life'.

THE MOTHER of a Kanpur boy -- who died on Saturday allegedly because his family couldn't get him medical attention in time due to security measures for Prime Minister Manmohan Singh -- has written a heartrending letter to UPA Chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Usha Sharma Khan, the mother of 7- yearold Aman who died en route to a hospital, said she has asked Sonia Gandhi to assure her that no one else would have to suffer the same tragedy that has befallen her family.

While playing at his Shyam Nagar home, Aman hurt himself seriously in a fall -- badly damaging his ear wall.

Khan, an employee at Kanpur Ordnance factory and a union leader of Shramik Sangh, a unit of the INTUC, said her son had called her phone at 2.30 pm asking her to come home because he was bleeding profusely.

" I asked my husband to rush home and take him to hospital.

But his vehicle was stopped at Coca Cola crossing for more than 45 minutes," Khan said on Friday.

Aman had reportedly already lost a lot of blood by the time his father T. H. Khan, who runs an NGO, and sister took him to receive medical attention.

" My son died because my husband couldn't take him to the hospital in time," Khan said.

She added: " My daughter Swati ( 16) was crying for the policemen to let them go. But their hearts didn't melt." Dr Rakesh Agrawal, the administrator of Regency hospital, said Aman had suffered a brain haemorrhage due to his ear injury.

" He was critically injured when he got here at 5 pm. We couldn't do anything," he said.

A heartbroken Usha Khan revealed on Friday, " The doctors told us that they could have saved my son if he had reached the hospital only five minutes before." However, her allegation that Aman died due to security blockades on the roads has been refuted by senior police officials.

Prem Prakash, the deputy inspector general of police claimed that the vehicle was stopped because Ashok Kumar, the Khans' driver, had violated traffic rules.

" Despite the fact that the road from Gharib Chowk to Coca Cola is one way on any given day, he ( the driver) speeded towards Coca Cola Crossing. They should have taken a turn from Fazalganj crossing to reach Regency hospital which he didn't do," he said.

" It would have been easier for them to handle security if they had informed them the reason behind their hurry right at the beginning," said Prakash.

He added: " We are not insensitive. But we expect to be treated in a friendly way." The additional director general of police Brijlal echoed his colleague's sentiment. He queried: " We fail to understand why they followed the longest route to Regency hospital when the child was badly injured." Khan has also called on the central government to compensate her family with Rs 10 lakhs -- a demand backed by Shramik Sangh president Ashish Pandey who wrote a letter to the PM to look into the matter.

" We expect that this will be the last incident of this sort in our country," Pandey said.

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Date:Jul 10, 2010
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