A state-level boxer, Megha would have celebrated her 18th birthday this Saturday had she not died in the hit-and-run accident on Monday afternoon.
A day after the 17-year-old Hoshiarpur girl was killed in an accident between her cousin's motorcycle and a Mahindra XUV car, her father Sohan Lal blamed the police for the death.
Lal alleged that it was the police's delay in taking Megha to the hospital that led to her death. “She kept lying on the road in a pool of blood for about 30 minutes,” Lal said. “Nobody came to my daughter's rescue.
The eldest of her two siblings, Megha was on a visit to the house of her aunt (mother's sister) in Sector 32. She and her cousins, Gaurav and Naina, were on their way to a mall in Industrial Area when they met with the fatal accident in Sector 29. The three cousins were triple-riding on Gaurav's Hero Honda Splendor motorcycle. While Gaurav was saved because of his helmet and Naina escaped with minor injuries, Naina's head hit the pavement, injuring her seriously.
In tears, Lal said, “She had won boxing gold at the district level and wanted to represent the country.”
He also said that the policemen at GMCH-32 were rude to him. “When I reached the hospital and asked the cops to track the accused, they said they did not have the number of the vehicle, so how can we catch the accused.”
“They should at least do something to track the accused. They use the CCTV footage,” he said. “Cops should be trained to handle accident victims, so that treatment is given in time.”
It was in May this year that Chandigarh Police had come in the news for delay in taking a road accident victim to hospital. On May 14, Nayagaon resident Sharmila Gupta's had died 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 transferred to Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, in wait of the Sector-3 police SHO, which allegedly lasted for around 2 hours. Taking suo motu notice of the accident, the high court had directed Chandigarh Police to submit the status report of the case.
'I plead them to take her to hospital'
A second-year engineering student, Gaurav, the brother of Megha who had died in the hit-and-run accident on Monday, plead the policemen who had first reached the accident spot to take Megha to the hospital.
“I and Naina escaped, but she was pleading profusely. She had hit her head on the road,” he said. Gaurav said the police interceptor had reached the accident spot within five minutes of the accident. “But they were not willing to take her to the hospital and claimed the ambulance was on its way.”
Gaurav said that it was only after his requests that the interceptor took him and Naina to Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 after a gap of at least 15 minutes. “I never thought the joy ride to a mall would end in this. Megha wanted to go to Sukhna lake in the evening, but never knew it was her last journey.”
NO DELAY BY our men: police
Chandigarh Police, through a press note on Wednesday, claimed that there was no delay in taking Megha to the hospital.
UT inspector general of police RP Upadhyaya had marked an inquiry into allegations of police delay in taking Megha to the hospital. Superintendent of police Arun Kampani, who conducted the inquiry, found that all the injured were immediately taken to the hospital for treatment by Zullu-5 police interceptor and there was no delay or negligence on the part of any police officer.
'Check CCTV footage to trace car'
Megha's father Sohan Lal has demanded that the police should scan the CCTV footage of the intersections leading to the road dividing Sector 29 30 to get some clues regarding the identity of the man who was driving the Mahindra XUV 500 that met with the accident on Monday.
2.45 pm Motorcycle hit by speeding Mahindra XUV500 car
2.53pm Traffic police interceptor Gypsy in-charge Satyaveer Singh informs traffic control room about accident on road dividing sectors 29 and 30
2.54pm Satyaveer Singh informs traffic control room that he is taking victims to GMCH-32
3.08pm Injured Gaurav, Naina and Megha, admitted to GMCH-32
3.15pm Sub-inspector Davinder Pal Singh along with police party reach spot. Informs control room that one accidental motorcycle (CH21T-8147), black-coloured Hero Splendor, cane be seen on the spot. Also says that injured persons have already been shifted the GMCH-32 for treatment.