Engineer’s death: 3 policemen suspended for ‘neglect of duty’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Indore
  • Updated: Jan 08, 2016 09:30 IST
The family members of Saurabh Suryavanshi and residents of Bhagirathpura at Indore DIG office on Wednesday January 6, 2016. (Hindustan Times)

The deputy inspector general, Indore, suspended three policemen of Vijay Nagar police station on Thursday for their alleged negligence that led to an engineer’s death.

The DIG suspended ASI Khaka Singh, head constable Jabar Singh and constable Hari Om Dwivedi, besides ordering an inquiry into the matter.

On December 31, Saurabh Suryavanshi, an engineer and resident of Bhagirathpura, was found injured at Narmada Nagar by ASP (west) Devendra Patidar of Vijay Nagar police, who called the control room. A squad of two constables led by additional sub inspector Khaka Singh took him to a private hospital first and then to MY hospital and left him there without informing his family members.

The victim, however, went missing and was found dead on January 4 inside the hospital premises. The family members came to know about the death after the postmortem was done in MY hospital in the presence of police. “An inquiry by a CSPlevel officer has been ordered and if other staff of any police station was found guilty, action will be taken against them. Doctors or administrative staff of both the private and public hospitals involved in this case will also be under the ambit of the inquiry,” said the DIG.

“How come an injured person admitted to a hospital went missing? What was the hospital staff doing then? The ASP had dutifully called the police control room but Vijay Nagar police have shown gross negligence,” said the DIG. Police sources said the victim lost sanity because of his injuries and kept on roaming in and around the premises of MY hospital for four days.

Demanding action against the hospital authorities for negligence, Saurabh’s family alleged that he had enough documents for anyone to identify him but neither the police nor the hospital staff bothered to inform them. Sandeep, the victim’s brother, said Saurabh had gone to attend a party on the New Year Eve at Patel Resort and had not returned since then.

Constable Hari Om Dwivedi had recovered Saurabh’s wallet and his mobile phone but did not inform his family members. Addressing mediapersons, Dwivedi , however, said he had informed his senior officers and had gone home to change his dress after an allegedly drunk Saurabh vomited on him during on their way to MY Hospital.

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