Will a mere ‘sorry’, however well-meant, bring back a living, breathing human being who lost his life due to the inexcusable delay in sending an ambulance to ferry him to a hospital?
More than anyone else, BBMP Commissioner BH Anil Kumar should be pondering this deeply moral issue, considering that before his apology to the family of the Covid-positive person he had disingenuously made out that the body had been taken to a mortuary, despite live visuals to the contrary.
The man and his wife had waited hours on end for an ambulance before he collapsed on the road on Friday evening.
“I regret the incident that happened on Friday and on behalf of my officers I am extremely sorry for what happened,” a press release issued by the BBMP PRO quoted the Commissioner as saying after his visit to the deceased’s family on Saturday afternoon.
BBMP has identified the man as Hanumant Raju, a resident of Gavipuram in Hanumanth Nagar, South Bengaluru.
On Friday night, the civic chief was caught ‘economising with the truth’ on live television when he claimed that the Covid-infected man’s body was shifted to the mortuary, even as live visuals showed the body still lying on the footpath.