While mystery shrouds the death of the two girls who were found on the national highway below Kala Dhank on the Sanjauli-Navbhar road, the relatives have spewed ire on the district administration and Police Department for delay in action.
The incident have sent shock waves after the two girls Nancy Thakur resident of Sanjauli and Sakshi Thakur, Navbhar both friends, students of sixth standard of Convent of Jesus and Mary were found along the road putting humanity to shame as no one came forward to rush them to the hospital for almost an hour according to eye witnesses.
The incident occurred between 3.30 pm to 4.00 pm after school hours revealed the eye witnesses.
Nilakash a passerby who volunteered to rush Nancy Thakur to the Indira Gandhi Medical College (IGMC) disclosed that the pulse of the victim (Nancy Thakur) was running, however she breathed her last while on way to the hospital.
A pall of gloom descended the hospital with wailing parents and relatives of both Nancy Thakur and Sakshi Thakur who have cried foul on the failure of police department and district administration adopting a laid back attitude to such a serious mishappening.
Nancy Thakur, paternal uncle, Manmohan Thakur, said that police have failed miserably in any progress to ascertain the cause of death of the girls and no one from the Police Department neither the Administration has reached the hospital despite the lapse of almost three hours.
A neighbor of one of the girls, St Bede’s teacher, Neel Kamal Bedi said that the area has never been safe for the public that has numerous problems of haphazard parking and with miscreants around it has also not been safe for women and girls.
We have a number of times asked the police to take steps, however no action has been taken to address the issue, she added.
Shimla Mayor, Sanjay Chauhan and Deputy Mayor, Tikender Singh Panwar who reached the IGMC hospital earlier than the Police Department and the District Administration have also rued the failure of police department in swinging into action.
Sanjay Chauhan said that it is a misfortunate incident that the police have failed to take immediate action to know the cause of the incident.
It was only after 6.30 pm that the Superintendent of Police, Chander Shekhar and Deputy Commissioner, Shimla, Arun Sharma reached the hospital.
Meanwhile, Deputy Superintendent of Police, Shimla, City, Praveer Thakur ruled out the possibility of hit and run case. He said that he had visited the spot along with IG, South Range, A P Siddique and Superintendent of Police, Shimla, Chander Shekhar.
He said, “As our first action was to preserve the spot we reached the spot to ascertain the cause of the accident. While the bodies had already been shifted to the hospital there was blood at the spot on the highway.”
While exact cause of the incident of death is yet to be ascertained, however the prima facie evidence reveals that the girls had spent some time on the hill above the national highway as some books, chips and Limca bottle was found.”
“We have taken special permission for conducting the postmortem during the night time and the exact cause of the death can be confirmed only after the report,” he said.
“Investigations are on and it is only after the postmortem report that we can comment,” said SP, Shimla Chander Shekhar Pandit.