At a time when police are dilly-dallying over arresting Vipul Ajmera, Neemuch residents have come forward to help the three children who were grievously hurt in the hit-and-run case.
Locals have collected Rs 2 lakh for the treatment of the Gudaliya crildren, identified as Pooja, 10, Tufan, 8, and Ranu, 6.
Private medical practitioners Dr Deepak Singhal, Dr Yashwant Patidar and Dr Pawan Ojha on Tuesday said they will adopt one child each and also provide them free-of-cost treatment till they recovered completely.
The benevolence of the locals and doctors comes at a time when the family members of the accused have denounced the incident as a “regular road accident.”
Shockingly, when Neemuch Bar Association member, advocate Manish Joshi, contacted the accused Vipul Ajmera’s father Sushil Ajmera and asked him if he would extend financial help to the injured children on humanitarian ground, he had said that “it is an accident” and “several such road accidents occur daily.”
The apathy of the Ajmera family is much reminiscent of the singer Abhijeet Bhattacharya’s tweet that roads are meant for cars and dogs and not for people to sleep on, after the court verdict in the Salman Khan hit-and-run case on May 6.
The victims, who belong to a nomadic community, had a hand-to-mouth existence and lived on the leftover food the family collected from the nearby markets. At night, the family would sleep on the footpath under the open sky.
After the accident, the three children were admitted at a government hospital in a serious condition with multiple fractures, broken pelvic girdle and raptured ligaments.
The victims were shifted to a private hospital after doctors came to know about the great loss of the children. They were operated on at the private hospital and were declared stable on Tuesday.