In two separate incidents in trans-Hindon and Ghaziabad on Monday, the PCR vans of Ghaziabad police failed to reach road accident victims despite repeated calls to the control room. An accident victim later succumbed to injuries while being treated in the hospital.
It was only after the intervention of a senior police officer that a PCR van reached the hospital, after an hour, to take statements.
The first case was reported from near the Sahibabad vegetable market around 10pm. An unknown vehicle hit a motorcycle, severely injuring the rider and the pillion rider. They were admitted to the Yashoda hospital by passersby.
“I spotted two injured people lying in a pool of blood. It seemed as if their bike was hit by another vehicle. I called the police but no PCR van reached the spot. I then took the victims to Yashoda hospital in my car, but no policemen tried to contact me or the hospital about the accident. I informed the superintendent of police (SP) and then got a call from the police after two hours,” said Zuber Akhtar, a resident of Indirapuram.
“I got to know from the doctor that police reached the hospital after one of the injured, who is in his late fifties, succumbed to injures,” Akhtar said.
In another case, reported one kilometre away on the same road, a biker was injured in a road accident. The passersby who took the injured man to the hospital said they called the PCR for help but got no response for nearly half an hour. “The biker, identified as Pradeep Singh of Muzaffarnagar, was hit by a car while he was on his way home to Mohan Nagar. A passerby informed the police about the accident but, when the police reached the spot, the victim had already been admitted to a hospital,” a police officer with the Sahibabad police station said.
The police said they had a manpower crisis due to the ongoing panchayat elections in the state but said they are doing their best to respond to all calls.
“The complaints regarding poor police assistance to road accidents victims will be investigated and the personnel concerned will face action for ignoring the calls. We will ensure that the passersby who helped the victims face no harassment,” said Ajay Pal Sharma, superintendent of police, Ghaziabad.