Bengaluru traffic cop stops President Pranab Mukherjee's convoy for ambulance, wins several hearts

Nijalingappa passed on a message to senior officials seeking permission to allow the ambulance ahead of the convoy.

Published: 18th June 2017 03:46 PM  |   Last Updated: 19th June 2017 08:35 PM   |  A+A-

Pranab Mukherjee | PTI File Photo

By Express News Service

BENGALURU: A traffic police officer deployed at Trinity Circle on Saturday won praise for his quick thinking by allowing an ambulance to move on ahead of President Pranab Mukherjee's convoy.

The city police on Sunday rewarded traffic police sub-inspector M L Nijalingappa for deftly allowing an ambulance on priority basis during the convoy movement of the President who was in the city for the inauguration of Metro’s Green Line.

Nijalingappa attached to Ulsoor Traffic police station was deployed at Trinity Circle on Saturday to facilitate the movement of the President’s convoy. The convoy was heading towards Raj Bhavan when Nijalingappa spotted an ambulance trying to find a way towards a private hospital near HAL.

Nijalingappa immediately passed on a message to senior officials seeking permission to allow the ambulance ahead of the convoy.

Speaking to Express, Nijalingappa said it was 4.25pm when an ambulance from Hosmat Hospital was on its way towards RM Road via Trinity Circle.

“As it was an emergency case, I allowed the ambulance to pass the junction immediately after passing the message to senior officials. As there was enough space and time to let the ambulance pass, I decided to allow it before the convoy passed the area."

City police commissioner Praveen Sood on Sunday rewarded PSI Nijalingappa for taking the initiative and tweeted about the same. Other Twitter users were quick to applaud the efforts of the traffic police officer.

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