"My son bled for more than an hour, lying face-down on a street, as your city and one of his 'friends' looked on," claimed Alok Verma, 55, a social worker from Jharkhand.
On the night of October 22, precisely a week before his 24th birthday, Verma's eldest son, Ankit, lost his life due to a fatal head injury - inflicted, according to the police, during a hit-and-run road accident on the Africa Avenue Marg, around 10 pm. However, the grieving father, whose last memories of his son are contained in some pictures clicked on his college convocation, believes there's more than what meets the eye.
"But it was only at 11.45 pm that my son was wheeled into the Trauma Centre at AIIMS with a fatal head injury - and that too by a passer-by instead of the girl who was accompanying him. She just sat there for more than an hour and a half and watched him die," Verma said.
An alumnus of the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC), Ankit and one of his female friends riding pillion on his bike, were en route to his rented accommodation in south Delhi's Safdarjung Enclave.
While Ankit could not be revived, his friend not only escaped the accident without even a single scratch, but even refused to ride in the same TSR that lugged his lifeless body to late medical care. "By the police's own admission, the accident occurred at 10 pm near the RK Khanna Stadium, metres away from the RK Puram police station. Was there no one who saw him lying lifeless near a heavily damaged motorcycle? Not even a policeman patrolling such a prominent location?" an incensed Verma asked.
Running from pillar to post, seeking his son's autopsy report for more than a month, Verma approached the district police on Saturday.
"The complaint has been received and an inquiry by the area's assistant commissioner of police (ACP) has been instituted into the matter," said Chhaya Sharma, DCP (south).