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Two teenagers who met with an accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur on Thursday night were left to die by the roadside, as state police personnel refused to take the injured to a hospital because they wanted to avoid bloodstains in their car, said media reports.
According to The Times of India, two 15-year-old boys succumbed to their wounds after police personnel from ‘UP Dial 100’, the state’s emergency management system, refused to take them to a hospital.
In a video of the incident that was shot by a passer-by that has gone viral since, one of the cops could be seen asking, “Where will we sit the whole night if our vehicle gets dirty?”
A TV report said an acquaintance of the teens can be seen in the video asking the policemen if they can take the injured youth to a hospital, but to no avail.
According to report revealed by a TV channel, one of the bystanders, who was trying to help the victims, was heard saying, “Sir, your car will get washed but please open the door.”
The report added that the victims, identified as Arpit Khurana and Sunny, were lying motionless on the road, their motorcycle nearby, until another vehicle from the local police station reached the spot. However, it was too late by then and the two boys were declared dead on arrival at hospital.
The three policemen who were present at the spot and were duty-bound to help the teens were suspended on Friday, said a Hindustan Times report. “Two constables and a head constable on duty have been suspended. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident. The probe report will be submitted with 24 hours,” superintendent of police Prabal Pratap Singh was quoted as saying by a renowned newspaper.
The ‘UP Dial 100’ service was launched in 2016 by the then state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. The emergency system, government officials’ claim, is supposed to ensure police reaches the crime scene in 15 minutes, in both rural and urban areas.
‘It’s a murder,’ says father of accident victim as UP police promises action
Amid the outrage over the insensitive approach shown by the Uttar Pradesh Police to the accident victims in Saharanpur, the father of one of the boys have slammed the cops and called it a ‘murder’.
‘Had my child received first aid on time, he could have been saved. Even the doctors say that,’ father of one of the two young men who died in the bike accident told news agency ANI.
‘I want a case to be made on the concerned cops. It is a murder in a way,’ he added.
Meanwhile, the UP Police has promised action against the officials in the viral video, who allegedly refused to take the victims to hospital saying that it would ‘dirty their car seats with blood stains.’
‘UP Police is taking disciplinary action on it,’ Prabal Pratap Singh, Additional SP City Saharanpur said.
The shocking incident came to light on Friday night when the two youth fell into a canal after their bike rammed into an electric pole and the policemen refused to take the boys to hospital in their patrol car because of their unwilling to ‘soil car with blood’.‘It came to our notice that PRB 970 reached on the spot (of the accident) and refused to take the youth to the hospital,’ said Superintendent of Police Pralabh Pratap Singh.
In a video that has gone viral, showed a young man crying and pleading the police to help his friends.
As he was pleading he begged a man standing nearby to check the pulse of his heavily bleeding friend and was replied with ‘he is dead.’
‘Bhaiya iski body thandi ho rhi hai. Kuch to karo. (His body is getting cold, please do something.),? pleaded the miserable friend.
However, the police officials examining the scene are not seen taking any actions. The video shows a car or two stopping but then after a brief conversation, moving away from the scene. SP Singh said they have seen the brutal video and are taking ‘disciplinary actions on the same.’