Ambulance driver charges Rs 9,000 to ferry patients, held

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Ambulance driver charges Rs 9,000 to ferry patients, held

Tuesday, 04 May 2021 | Staff Reporter | NEW DELHI

A 40-year-old ambulance driver was arrested for  over-charging to shift Covid patient from Govindpuri to All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) hospital.

The accused has been identified as Faizan, a resident of Sangam Vihar.

According to a senior police official, a complainant Sonu Tiwari on Sunday lodged a report where he alleged that an ambulance driver charged Rs 9,000 from him to shift his elder brother, who was having fever, from Transit Camp, Govindpuri to Apollo Hospital which is around seven kilometers.

“Thereafter, a dummy client called the driver for ambulance service from Majida hospital to Apollo hospital. After reaching the Majida hospital, the customer contacted the ambulance driver to shift his patient,” said the senior police official.

“The driver demanded Rs 9,000 to shift the patient within a range of ten kilometers and Rs 5,000 extra for waiting in hospital parking. After bargaining, he agreed for Rs 8,500,” he said.

“When the dummy customer gave him Rs 8,500 cash, police nabbed the accused person. One ambulance was seized from his possession,” he added.

Earlier on Sunday, the Delhi Police in Northwest district had arrested an ambulance driver for allegedly charging Rs 14,000 to ferry the body of a COVID-19 victim from the hospital to the crematorium. Police said that Kandhi Lal was charging the exorbitant amount to ferry the patient for a distance of six kilometers.

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