Union Minister Prahlad Patel was caught on camera threatening to slap a man pleading with him for oxygen for his Covid positive relative.
“We did not get cylinders,” a man complains to the minister at a hospital in Madhya Pradesh’s Damoh.
“If you talk like this you will get two slaps,” the Minister is heard telling the man while asking him to calm down.
The man starts weeping: “Yes, that is what I will get. My mother is lying there.”
The Minister cuts in again: “Did anyone deny you an oxygen cylinder?”
The man replied, “Yes, they refused. We only got one for five minutes.”
The incident took place outside the Damoh district hospital, where relatives of patients looted oxygen cylinders day before.
The district has 3,320 Covid patients. The number of cases rose by 101 in the last 24 hours.