Bengaluru Cops Heroes For Allowing Ambulance Ahead Of President's Convoy

The First Citizen usually does get right of way - but these traffic cops had their priorities right.

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Bengaluru Cops Heroes For Allowing Ambulance Ahead Of President's Convoy

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Constable Vishwanath Rao and traffic sub-inspector ML Nijalingappa are being appreciated on social media

Bengaluru:  Traffic sub-inspector, ML Nijalingappa, has over 38 years of service behind him. And it certainly helped him take the right split-second decision last Saturday. He and traffic constable Vishwanath Rao were on duty at Bengaluru's Trinity Circle as President Pranab Mukherjee's convoy was approaching from the HAL airport. That's when they saw an ambulance approaching from another road. Quick thinking was needed. 

The First Citizen usually does get right of way - but these traffic cops had their priorities right. 

"The ambulance was coming from a hospital on Richmond Road. The President's car was just 150 feet away. We did not have a tough time taking the decision - we managed both the ambulance and the VVIP," Mr Nijalingappa told NDTV.

"Two are important - one is the President of India. One is the patient. We took a sudden decision," Mr Rao added.
 
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The usual procedure is to clear such things with higher officers. But there was no time for that on Saturday. But Bengaluru Police Commissioner, Praveen Sood, was far from offended. 

""We have issued instructions time and again that any emergency services should get precedence over VVIP, but I must say, it is not an easy decision to take on the field," he told NDTV.

"It is very easy for us to pass instructions. They have show application of mind, presence of mind and took a decision - we have rewarded both the officers suitably," he said. "So this is like sending a message that if you allow an emergency vehicle, nothing will go against you, in fact we will appreciate your action."

On Twitter, one person pointed out that giving an ambulance priority over the movement of a politician's convoy should be a "basic expectation."
   
Another person pointed out it's often not possible to give way for emergency vehicles due to Bengaluru's bumper-to-bumper traffic:
 
Most online, however, applauded the traffic cop's quick-thinking:
  
"Every Indian is a VIP," noted one person, echoing Prime Minister Narendra Modi:
 
The President was in the city to launch the final phase of the Bengaluru Metro. And while that should be ease traffic to some extent, having people like these gentlemen looking after the traffic is a big plus as well.

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