Chikballapur Superintendent of Police Karthik Reddy, told NDTV, "The procession was on the right-hand side of the road while the left side was kept clear for traffic. But an ambulance driver mistakenly went on the right side and joined the procession. People made way but when it wanted to take a turn, there was a tractor in the way. Deve Gowda told his car to move forward and make way. The whole delay may have been 30 to 40 seconds."
The police officer also said that the ambulance was not carrying an emergency case but a mother and her new born who had been referred from a hospital in Siddlaghatta to the Chikballapur Government Hospital.
"Deve Gowda ji was not aware of ambulance. Being a chief guest he has attended the function. It's a failure on the part of State police. They would have been provided way to the ambulance on priority. The incident is unfortunate and state government shall take proper steps to avoid repeating of those incidents in the interest of general public," Janata Dal (Secular) spokesperson Ramesh Babu said.
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