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Rahul’s visit becomes a security hassle at RML

Rahul Gandhi's impromptu visit to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital did not go down well with the relatives of the patients as well as general public present at the hospital on Wednesday. Neelam Pandey reports. Too much noise

delhi Updated: Sep 08, 2011 04:08 IST
Neelam Pandey

Rahul Gandhi's impromptu visit to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital did not go down well with the relatives of the patients as well as general public present at the hospital on Wednesday.

Facing an angry crowd, Congress general secretary Rahul Gandhi had to return without being able to visit the emergency block of RML though he did manage to reach the surgical ward of the hospital where the injured were admitted.

Gandhi's security, claimed several relatives of the patients, caused a lot of inconvenience. "The security staff was very rude and did not let us enter the ward. Rather than ensuring that the patients are being administered medical help, all attention was diverted," said Kapil Singhal, one of the relatives.

At 2.45 pm on Wednesday, chaos and anxiety marked the surgical ward of RML hospital as hordes of security staff descended on the scene. The small corridor leading to the male surgical ward was crowded with doctors, nurses, cleaning staff, relatives and security personnel as Gandhi entered the ward to interact with the victims. Clad in his regular white khadi outfit, Gandhi visited the male and female surgical wards, where he spent nearly 30 minutes.

"He asked me about the injuries I faced and told me to be brave. I narrated the incident to him as much as I could remember. I had not expect him to come to the hospital and was quite surprise when he did," said 48-year-old Gurmail Singh, who suffered shrapnel injuries in his leg.

Harsh Kumar Rawat was another patient who was admitted to the surgical ward and got stitches on both of his legs.

"There was utter chaos. People were running here and there, looking for a way to escape. I was waiting for my turn to get the pass made when the bomb went off. The entire place was full of smoke within seconds. My vision got blurred and I couldn't see anything for a few minutes. Mutilated limbs and disfigured bodies lay strewn everywhere," said 41-year-old Harsh Rawat, one of the injured.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh also reached the RML Hospital to meet blast victims at 9pm. The prime minister spent about 10 minutes with the victims and talked to their families at the trauma centre.