Agartala: The ambulance which is suppose to carry emergency patients, has turned into vehicles for the distressed people to reach their home evading the police at the time of lockdown. At least three such incidents have been reported from Udaipur, the headquarter of Tripura’s Gomati district. In two cases, the people reached home safely while the third party is languishing in West Bengal after being cheated by the driver of the hired ambulance.
The new role of ambulance came to notice on April 21 when members of two families reached Udaipur from Chennai. The families admitted that the idea of using an ambulance came to their mind after the extension of the lockdown for the second time. They admitted paying Rs 1.40 lakh for the journey and now spending time in a quarantine center.
Though they had to pay a high price, the family members are happy. They said a large number of people went to Chennai for treatment purposes are spending time in a difficult situation and urged the State government to do something for them.
Following their footstep, another family reached Udaipur from Siliguri in West Bengal on April 23 after paying Rs 45,000 but the third one landed into trouble as the driver cheated them.
The family hired the vehicle at a cost of Rs 1.40 lakh to travel from Channai to Udaipur. After reaching Midnapur in West Bengal, the driver told the passengers to wait as he had to repair the vehicle. He never returned. The family members contacted the District Magistrate of Gomati district describing their situation. With the help of the District Magistrate, they got shelter at Tripura Bhawan in Kolkata.