Accident near MP assembly: Kin blame ‘insensitive’ CM

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 03, 2016 21:56 IST
Vikas Soniya’s kin outside their house in Bhopal on Thursday. (Mujeeb Faruqui/ HT photo)

Megha Soniya, 20, who lost her brother in a road accident outside the MP Vidha Sabha, blamed the “insensitivity” of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan and police for the death.

She also questioned why mediapersons didn’t rush her brother, 22-year-old Vikas Soniya, to a hospital instead of just clicking pictures.

“If anyone is responsible for my brother’s death, it is the chief minister, who didn’t bother to stop his motorcade and ensure that my brother was rushed to a hospital. Had it been the CM’s son or nephew in my brother’s place, would the chief minister have allowed them to lie unattended on the road,” Megha said on Thursday.

Vikas was on his way home after dropping his father on Tuesday morning when a bus hit his bike near Gate No 4 of the state assembly. He reportedly lay without help for almost half an hour, while police officers were busy ensuring smooth passage for the chief minister’s motorcade, which passed through a little while later.

Vikas succumbed to his injuries at the Narmada Hospital. The driver of the bus was booked by Jehangirabad police for rash driving and causing death by negligence, and was arrested.

“Why has the driver of the bus, which fatally hit my brother on the motorbike, only been booked in the case?” said Megha, demanding that a criminal case should also be registered against the CM and the on-duty cops.

“CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan is no longer a sensitive mama (maternal uncle) for me, he’s instead Shakuni and Kans mama,” she said, adding that her family were earlier staunch supporters of Chouhan.

“My father, Gokul Prasad Soniya, has been a peon in the chief minister’s office in Bhopal for over a decade now, then why did the present CM didn’t even bother to stop his motorcade and enquire about the incident,” Megha questioned.

She said her injured brother lay on the road unattended for half an hour.

Vikas’s brother-in-law quashed claims of lack of medical help available, saying that an ambulance and a doctor were posted at the Vidhan Sabha at the time of the accident.

The deceased’s father, Gokul Prasad Soniya, said a doctor at the Narmada Hospital informed him that if his son had been brought in 15 to 30 minutes earlier, his life could have been saved.

“Forget about rushing my son to a hospital, the police didn’t even inform me about the accident. It was instead an eyewitness from the spot who rang me and narrated the shocking incident to me,” he said.

However, Gokul said a senior official from the chief minister’s office, principal secretary SK Mishra, met him on Wednesday evening. “He came to my government quarters in Chhaki Chowraha and said that the CM will also come to me after a short time. He also assured that my daughter would be given a job in the state government,” he said.

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