The protests over fuel price hike in the country has claimed a life; a two-year-old girl could not reach hospital on time as the protesters blocked roads in Bihar.

Pramod Manjhi, victim’s father alleged that he did not get any ambulance in the first place which led to the delay. He faced difficulty in arranging any vehicle due to bandh and after much delay, an auto-rickshaw agreed to carry the child. He said that her child was suffering from a high-fever since Sunday night. “I took NH 83 which is the main route to Jehanabad. There were obstacles on road everywhere. My daughter fell unconscious in between and as the three-wheeler entered the outskirts of Jehanabad my baby died,” Pramod said.

“It took three hours to reach the outskirts of Jehanabad from my village which takes barely an hour on a normal day,” he said and added that if vehicles were allowed to move, his daughter would have been alive.

However, senior district officers said that the death of the child was not related to traffic jam or bandh. “The relatives had left late from their home,” said SDO Jehanabad Paritosh Kumar on reports that the 2-year-old died after the vehicle was stuck in traffic due to Bharat Bandh.

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