A Pakistan Tourism Development Corporation bus bound for Lahore made an unexpected halt at Ambala civil hospital on Saturday after a 53-year-old passenger from Kolkata suffered an asthma attack.
The bus service between Lahore and New Delhi is better known as Sada-e-Sarhad.
Kanwal Sakeel was going to Lahore along with his wife Rubeen Begam. He was provided treatment after a security vehicle piloting the bus advised the driver to take the bus to the hospital for Sakeel's treatment. Given the security of passengers on the bus, the district administration and police swung into action.
The bus was greeted at the hospital by a strong police contingent. Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Shashank Anand also reached the hospital.
Sources said civil surgeon Dr Satish Aggarwal along with a team of five doctors was ready at the hospital and only the couple was allowed to alight from the bus.
Doctors examined the patient for about an hour and later referred him to the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh.
The movement of people to the hospital was also restricted till the time the bus was stationed at the hospital. The DCP said extra precautions were taken to ensure the security of passengers on the bus.
He claimed that the tourist bus resumed its journey to Lahore after Sakeel and his wife were ferried to Chandigarh in an ambulance.