Taking suo motu notice of Tuesday's fatal mishap on a slip road in Sector 10 here, the Punjab and Haryana high court has directed Chandigarh administration to submit the status report of the case.
Nayagaon resident Sharmila Gupta was killed in the accident with a Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus on Tuesday. A division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain also asked Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to inform the court about the measures taken for providing medical aid to accident and other victims.
The court said, “Accidents do occur every day in Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh. States have not made any policy for providing emergency medical aid to such victims.”
The court also asked the counsel appearing for UT administration, GS Chahal, “What action have you taken to immediately transfer the victim to the hospital? Do you know about Supreme Court order (for immediate transfer of victim to hospital)?”
Taking serious view of the delay in not admitting the accident victim to the hospital, the court questioned, “Is this the value of humble life? This officer (cop) is saying let SHO sahab come (before shifting the victim from the spot). Very unfortunate.”
Asked by the court as to which (station house officer) SHO had directed the cop not to shift the patient to hospital till he comes, the counsel replied, “The order was of sector-3 SHO.”
However, the counsel informed the court that the inquiry into the accident was being made and the status report would be filed in the court on the next date of hearing. It was on Tuesday afternoon, when Gupta was riding a Honda Activa on her way to Sector 17, when a CTU bus had hit her two-wheeler on a slip road near Home Science College.
Her head was crushed under the bus tyre resulting in her death on the spot. Not only did the police reach the spot late, but the victim's body was not allowed to be transferred to a hospital in the wait for the SHO. The case will now be heard on May 20.