Helping accident victim proves 'costly'

Updated on Jan 22, 2013 12:48 AM IST

A few days ago, Delhi Police had advertised a new policing reform. It had declared that a person who helps an accident victim will no longer be harassed. Sumit Saxena reports.

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Hindustan Times | BySumit Saxena, New Delhi

A few days ago, Delhi Police had advertised a new policing reform. It had declared that a person who helps an accident victim will no longer be harassed.

"Whenever seconds count, questions don't," the advertisement read.

This is one reform that would have saved 30-year-old Pingal Gupta a lot of hassle had it come three years earlier.

Gupta has been embroiled in a criminal case after an accident victim collided with his motorcycle in 2010. Due to the impact, Gupta's leg got trapped between the silencer and the wheel of the motorcycle and he was injured. But he still called his friends to help him rush the victim to the nearby Apollo Hospital. The man, who had earlier been hit by a car before he collided with Gupta, was saved.

Gupta said, "When I saw him lying on the road, I thought it would be inhuman to leave him in that state."

"Later the police informed me that I was responsible for the accident," he added.

The police also told Gupta that the victim was suffering from a temporary memory loss and was unable to recall the sequence of events leading to the accident.

Gupta's counsel Anil Sharma said the police deliberately foisted an accident case on my client, as it could not track down the actual vehicle which lead to the accident.

"In the past three years I have been to the court eight times. The accident victim has not even gone to the court to record his statement. All these visits are nothing but mental torture, so much so that I've been forced to believe that saving people's lives is a sin in this country as the police will frame you," said Gupta.

Ajay Chaudhary, deputy commissioner of south-east police, did not respond to HT's text messages and calls regarding the case.

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