A 55-year-old man, who got injured on Monday after he was hit by a train while crossing the rail track at the city railway station, was given no medical aid for almost two hours.
Government Railway Police (GRP) officials said the injured, identified as Deepak Girli of Haridwar, was trapped on the lines near platform number-1 and got hit by a train going from Amritsar to Hoshiarpur (74924) at 1:30 pm.
He was to board an Ahmedabad-bound train, the officials informed. He sustained serious injuries on his body. Eyewitnesses said the victim was unable to get up in time from the track.
After getting information, railway officials went to the spot and removed the victim from the lines.
Since the railway station does not have its own ambulance, the GRP officials called '108' Ambulance that failed to arrive due to the strike by the ambulance staff for the last few days.
"After making several attempts, we hired a private vehicle and rushed the injured to the civil hospital after two hours. He is under treatment," a GRP official said.
Station superintendent Shamsher Singh Walia said, "The railway station authorities are not at fault as the 108 ambulance staff was on strike. Despite making demand for an ambulance several times, we have not got any due to shortage of funds."
A number of accidents have been witnessed at the city railway station recently but the authorities concerned have failed to take a serious note of this.
Moreover, Jalandhar railway station lacks basic amenities such as ambulance and first-aid.
"The railway station authorities are not at fault as the 108 ambulance staff was on strike. Despite making demand for an ambulance several times, we have not got any due to shortage of funds."
— Shamsher Singh Walia, Jalandhar railway station supdt