Uttar Pradesh Congress leader Rita Bahuguna Joshi said on Wednesday that deceased Indian Express journalist Vijay Pratap Singh should have been moved to Lucknow for treatment the day he was injured in the blast, as was done with Minister Nand Kumar Gupta. Singh’s colleagues at The Indian Express agree.
Singh (39), who was injured in a bomb explosion in Allahabad on July 12 along with Minister for Institutional Finance Nand Kumar Gupta, succumbed to his injuries at the Army Research and Referral Hospital in New Delhi on Tuesday.
One person had died immediately in the blast while six others including Gupta and Singh were critically injured. They were taken to a local hospital.
Gupta was then flown to the Sanjay Gandhi Post-Graduate Institute in Lucknow the same evening while Singh was taken to New Delhi by a special air ambulance organised by the Indian Express group the next day. The condition of Gupta is better now. Singh has left behind his wife, Shashi, and two children, son Yash (5) and daughter Adya (10 months). He was to celebrate his birthday on July 30.
Talking to mediapersons, Joshi expressed surprise at the double standards adopted by the state government in a case like this.
She said the aircraft that had taken Gupta to Lucknow could have flown Singh as well. She has demanded a CBI probe into this case, a compensation of Rs 25 lakh, a government job for his wife and free education for the two children.
Following the autopsy at Safdarjang Hospital in New Delhi on Wednesday, the body has been sent back to Allahabad in an ambulance. Singh will be cremated in the city on Thursday.