A court-ordered probe by the Chandigarh police into the death of Sharmila Gupta, who was crushed under the rear wheel of a Chandigarh Transport Undertaking (CTU) bus on May 7, has recommended the stick for five cops accused of delay.
A formal departmental inquiry has been recommended an assistant sub-inspector (ASI), and three women personnel. The report has also recommended issuance of showcause notice to the state house officer, Shri Prakash, of Sector-3 police station. The departmental inquiry has been recommended against ASI Satinder Singh and constables Princy, Poonam Yadav and Maninderjit Kaur.
A Punjab and Haryana high court division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain had taken note of the incident after allegations that the woman died due to delay in taking to hospital. The bench had also asked Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh to inform the court about the measures taken for providing medical aid to accident and other victims.
An inquiry into the May 7 incident was conducted by UT superintendent of police (SP) Arun Kampani. He has also recommended training for new staff inducted in the police for handling crime spots, especially the ones gory in nature.
The Police Control Room (PCR) staff had reached the spot on May 7 within four minutes of the accident, after they received a call at 2.21 pm on May 7. But the three women constables with PCR were unable to lift the victim to hospital. The women, who had joined the force only a year ago, had started throwing up after seeing the crushed head of the victim.
The investigating officer of the case, assistant sub-inspector Satinder Singh also reached the spot and kept waiting for the SHO of Sector 3 police station Shri Prakash, but failed to lift the body. The body was removed after lapse of nearly an hour to the Sector-16 Government Multi-Specialty Hospital (GMSH), which is just a few metres away, after the arrival of SHO.
The SP in his inquiry report has stated that the staff should be trained to handle accident spots and how to lift the accident victims. He also recommended that standard operating procedures (SOP) should be adopted while dealing with an accident.
This inquiry report would be submitted to the high court by the next hearing, that is on May 20.
May 7: 35-year-old Sharmila Gupta, riding a Honda Activa, crushed under CTU bus on a slip road near the Govt Home Science College in Sector 10. Not only did the police reach the spot late but the victim was not allowed to be taken to the hospital in wait of Sector-3 SHO.
May 8: Punjab and Haryana high court takes notice, seeks report
May 9: UT IGP RP Upadhyaya marks inquiry into death of woman.
May 10: Punjab and Haryana HC directs Chandigarh administration to submit status report; next hearing on May 20