Two patients die at the Kurnool checkpoint while waiting to get to Telangana

Kurnool MLA Hafeez Khan, who reached the toll booth, had conversations with the police

Two patients died in the Kurnool ambulance waiting to enter Telangana at the Panchalingala Check Post on National Highway 44 on Friday morning when Telangana police enforced the lockdown for the third day and did not allow vehicles that did not have an entrance ticket . Due to the severe shortage of oxygen-assisted beds in Hyderabad and other Telangana cities, patients from other states have not been admitted.

The The Telangana Supreme Court intervened and questioned the stopping of the ambulance four days ago.

Kurnool MLA Md. Hafeez Khan speaks to Telangana police despite a large number of ambulances piling up behind him at the Panchalingala AP-TS interstate border in Kurnool on Friday morning. | Photo credit: & SUBRAMANYAM

Police officers told people that those who confirmed admission from a hospital in Hyderabad or anywhere in Telangana would be admitted with an online permit, otherwise hospital hopping would spread the virus further, they said. About 20 ambulances waited or returned because they did not have the online permit. The two patients are believed to be from Nandyal and Kadapa.

Kurnool MLA Hafeez Khan, who reached the toll booth, had conversations with police personnel and said he would inform Andhra Pradesh’s chief secretary, Adityanath Das. The secretary-general, in turn, will speak to Telangana officials, he added.

Meanwhile, BJP General Secretary S. Vishnuvardhan Reddy said The Hindu that this was a human rights issue and none should be stopped. “Will Telangana CM K. Chandrasekhar Rao and AP Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy allow their loved ones to suffer like this when they travel to Hyderabad?” he asked. The police directors-general of both states and the prime ministers must meet immediately and solve the problem, he said.

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