Mishap near MP assembly: Oppn calls CM insensitive, Gaur says cop suspended

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Bhopal
  • Updated: Mar 02, 2016 21:45 IST

The Opposition on Wednesday raised the issue of the death of a 22-year-old man near the Madhya Pradesh assembly and accused the police and chief minister of laxity and insensitivity over the incident following which home minister Babulal Gaur said a sub-inspector, who was on-duty near the state assembly, had been suspended.

South TT Nagar resident Vikas Soniya was killed in an accident when the motorcycle he was riding was hit by a city bus near gate number 4 of the Madhya Pradesh assembly around 11.30am on Tuesday. The man allegedly lay unattended for half-an-hour despite heavy security in the area. Soniya succumbed to injuries at Narmada hospital later.

CM’s motorcade had also passed through the same spot at the time: Patwari

Raising the issue in the House during Zero Hour, Congress legislator Jeetu Patwari accused cops on-duty of laxity and insensitivity. He said the CM’s motorcade had also passed through the same spot at the time, but nobody spotted the critically injured youth and rushed him to hospital.

“Not even a single person from his motorcade spotted and helped the youth, whose life could have been saved, had he been rushed to the hospital in time,” he told newsmen outside the House.

CM criticised for not meeting the victim’s parents

Patwari also criticised the CM for not meeting the victim’s parents. “This shows that the CM is not the caring Shivraj mama (maternal uncle), but the insensitive Kans mama…Why did the CM express grief and shock over the accident on Twitter instead of visiting the hospital or meeting the deceased’s family in Bhopal?” he told HT.

Probe instituted in the matter: Gaur

The home minister told reporters outside the assembly that an on-duty sub inspector, who was deployed at the spot, had been suspended and a probe under an additional superintendent of police had been instituted in the matter. Gaur said he had already met top police officials on Wednesday and directed them to ensure that medical help was provided to an accident victim in future with utmost priority.

Meanwhile, Congress MLA from Bhopal North Arif Aqeel also demanded Rs10 lakh compensation for Soniya’s family saying that the accident was a result of poor traffic management.

Jehagirabad police station in-charge Pritam Thakur said a case of rash driving and causing death by negligence has been lodged against the driver of the bus involved in the accident. The driver has also been arrested.

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