An eight-year-old boy bled to death after an accident as policemen, quibbling over details, refused to take him to hospital. A Delhi judge, who stopped at the scene, told them to get the child medical help, but it was too late.
The boy died in front of his 11-year-old brother.
Early June 1, Additional Chief Metropolitan Magistrate Lokesh Kumar Sharma was returning home when he saw a PCR van next to an injured child on Bahadurgarh Road in west Delhi’s Mundka area. Another boy was pleading with the policemen to save his brother.
The judge asked the policemen to rush the child to hospital. But head constable Anand Singh held the injured boy’s arm and told Sharma, “Dekho isme kuch nahi bacha hai. Ye Pehle hi mar chukka hai. (There is no life in him. He is dead).”
When Sharma told Singh and Constable Yudhvir, who was at the wheel, they were not qualified to declare a person dead, they abused him, the judge said in a letter — a copy of which is with HT — to Delhi Police Commissioner Y. S. Dadwal.
Sharma then called up the police helpline. The boy was then taken to Sanjay Gandhi Hospital where he was declared “brought dead”.
The cold-blooded response of the two policemen led to the child’s death, the judge said in his letter.
According to Sharma, 15 precious minutes were wasted before the child was taken to the hospital as the policemen kept arguing him with that the boy was already dead.
“I’m of the opinion that besides the driver of the offending vehicle, the two police officials are equally responsible and guilty of the death of the child because had he been provided the medical care on time, the situation might have been otherwise…” the judge said.
The victim could not be identified.
Both policemen have been suspended and an inquiry ordered, Kewal Singh, additional CP (Police Control Room) told HT.
Senior advocate KTS Tulsi said: “The police apathy in this matter deserves to be condemned in the strictest terms. Under such circumstances, it can even amount to culpable homicide with a maximum punishment of 10 years imprisonment.”