A three-hour chakka jam and a baby

Updated on Sep 12, 2007 11:47 PM IST

A victim of the chakka jam, Sunita Devi was forced to deliver her baby on the road. Interestingly, there was a debate over naming the infant ‘Jam’ or ‘Ram’ as he was born during the strike, reports Avinash Kumar.

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Hindustan Times | By, Khagaul (danapur)

The three-hour chakka jam called by the BJP, Shiv Sena and other outfits caused an inconvenience to many but none more than Sunita Devi.
The expecting mother was forced to deliver her baby on the road, adjacent to the Danapur railway station, on Wednesday as no vehicle was available to take her to the nearby hospital.

Sunita’s husband Jitendra Kumar, a resident of Sabarinagar, tried his best to hire a vehicle to take his wife to the Danapur Sadar hospital in the morning. But as all vehicles were off the road due to the chakka jam, nobody agreed to help him. In desperation, Jitendra carried his wife on his bicycle to the hospital. But as soon as the couple reached Garikhana, Sunita started writhing in pain and could go no further. A big crowd soon assembled and seeing her plight, made a makeshift tent by the road where Sunita gave birth to her son with the help of some local women.

Luckily for Sunita, Malti Devi, a midwife, was at hand to help her through the delivery. Later, local residents provided the new mother with medicines, milk and tea.

The police soon arrived at the spot and provided the couple with a rickshaw to take their new baby to the hospital.

Interestingly, there was a debate over naming the infant ‘Jam’ or ‘Ram’ as he was born during the agitation for the Ram Setu.

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    Avinash, a senior correspondent, reports on crime, railways, defence and social sector, with specialisation in police, home department and other investigation agencies.

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