In sheer display of disregard for human life, a 40-year-old man, who got electrocuted at platform number 5 of Ludhiana railway station, was first assumed dead and then left waiting for medical aid for more than an hour.
This, despite the fact that railway and police officials at station were informed about the accident and a 108 ambulance was already present on the station premises.
Passengers passing over the foot overbridge spotted Rajesh Kumar lying besides a passenger train parked by platform number 5.
“We heard a blast and saw a man, badly burnt, lying unconscious besides the train. We assumed the man to be dead, but he sat after a few minutes. We then called the police on the platform, but they paid no heed,” an eyewitness said.
Finally, when many people insisted, a police constable, instead of getting help to carry the victim to the ambulance, dragged Kumar towards the main platform by forcing him to walk.
Besides, even though the 108 ambulance was informed about the victim, no attendant from the ambulance reached the spot to lift the victim. No official from the railways reached the spot, despite station superintendent RK Sharma being informed about the accident.
When 108 ambulance staff was questioned about not carrying the victim, the staff members, who did not want to be named, retorted that they had only one stretcher, and a patient was already using it.
By the time this correspondent insisted the staff to lay the patient on the ambulance’s side seat, the electrocuted victim had already been dragged till the ambulance, following which both patients were taken to Lord Mahavira Civil Hospital.