President Ram Nath Kovind
President Ram Nath Kovind
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A 50-year-old woman in Uttar Pradesh's Kanpur died after she was held up in traffic due to President Ramnath Kovind's visit to the state on Friday.

Issuing an apology for the unfortunate incident, the UP Police has apologised after a woman in Kanpur died on Friday night. The victim identied as Vandana Mishra was the head of the women's wing of the Kanpur chapter of the Indian Association of Industries.

A police sub-inspector and three head constables were suspended on Saturday in connection with the death of an ailing woman who got held up at a traffic stop here during President Ram Nath Kovind's visit.

An additional deputy commissioner of police has been asked to probe the matter and submit the findings to the commissioner, officials said.

Talking to PTI, Commissioner Asim Arun said the president was anguished at the untimely death of Vandana Mishra, the women's wing president of the Kanpur chapter of the Indian Industries Association (IIA).

Mishra died on Friday evening allegedly after being stuck in traffic on the Govindpuri bridge during the president's visit while she was being taken to a private hospital in Kakadev.

The emergency hospital visit coincided with President Kovind's arrival in Kanpur, for which the police reportedly stopped traffic along the same route Ms Mishra's family was taking.

After getting information about Mishra's untimely demise, Arun took to Twitter to apologise.

"We pledge that our route system in future will be such that citizens are stopped for minimum time so that such incidents are not repeated," he tweeted.

Arun further confirmed that the president has expressed grief over the incident.

The police commissioner and the district magistrate attended Mishra's funeral and conveyed the president's message to the bereaved family.

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