A 22-year-old man, hit by a bus in front of the police-cordoned Madhya Pradesh assembly in Bhopal around 11.30am on Tuesday and remained unattended for half an hour, succumbed to injuries at the Narmada hospital.
Jahangirabad police said the man, identified as Vikas Soniya, a resident of South TT Nagar, was coming on his motorcycle from Vindhyachal Bhavan when a city bus hit him near gate number 4 of the Madhya Pradesh Assembly House around 11.30am.
Police reached the spot as soon as they received the information about the accident, but the injured was taken to the 1250 Hospital around noon from where he was referred to the Narmada Hospital.
Witnesses said Vikas, lying down on the road after the accident, was not attended by the police, who were busy maintaining security of the Assembly House and making road clear from general traffic to pass the cavalcade of chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan.
“The life of the youth could have been saved had the police, instead of waiting for the ambulance, taken him to the hospital by their own vehicle,” said a witness on condition of anonymity.
He said when the 108 ambulance didn’t come to attend the youth even after 30 minutes, the police decided to take him to the hospital in an auto-rickshaw.
“He was later transferred to 108 ambulance, which took him to a nearby hospital,” the witness said.
“Many VVIP vehicles also passed by but no one thought of stopping their vehicle to attend the youth,” he said.
Jehangirabad town inspector Pritam Thakur said he was not present during the incident but agreed the police should have taken the victim to the hospital without waiting for the ambulance.
“The police and the public gathered at the spot should have taken the youth to the nearby hospital without waiting for the ambulance. In such cases it is the utmost responsibility of the police to attend the victim first. But the public should also understand their responsibility as humanity is much more important than following protocol on who should attend the accident victim,” said Thakur.
He said the police registered a case of rash driving and causing death by negligence against the bus driver, who had been arrested.