‘Blood will spoil patrol car’: UP cops suspended for not helping injured teens

Two teenagers were injured in an accident in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur, but three policemen in a UP 100 patrol vehicle allegedly refused to take them to a hospital, saying their blood would spoil their vehicle.

india Updated: Jan 20, 2018 20:26 IST
S Raju
S Raju
Hindustan Times, Meerut
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Policemen on duty in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur refused to take two injured youth to a hospital, saying their blood would spoil the patrol vehicle.(AFP file / Representative Photo)

Three police personnel have been suspended in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur after two youth injured in an accident died when the policemen allegedly refused to take them to a hospital on the pretext that their blood would spoil the patrol vehicle

Two friends – Arpit Khurana and Sunny (both 17) of Setia Vihar locality – were returning to their houses when their motorcycle hit an electricity pole in Beri Bagh after which they fell into a deep drain, Saharanpur superintendent of police Prabal Pratap Singh said.

Hearing the screams of the injured teenagers, residents rushed to the spot and pulled them out. The two sustained grievous head injuries in the incident.

On getting information, a UP 100 patrol vehicle reached the spot, but eyewitnesses alleged that the policemen on duty refused to shift the two to a hospital, saying their blood would spoil the vehicle.

When the policemen refused to budge, the residents took the teenagers to a hospital in an auto-rickshaw but they succumbed to their injuries.

A three-minute video purportedly showing the policemen refusing help to the injured teenagers later went viral on the social media.

The video shows a young man crying and pleading with the policemen to help them.

As he was pleading, he also asked a man standing nearby to check the pulse of his heavily-bleeding friend, and got a reply, “he is dead”.

“Bhaiya, iski body thandi ho rahi hai. Kuch to karo. (His body is getting cold, please do something.),” pleaded the miserable friend.

The police officials are seen examining the scene and not taking any action. The video also shows a car or two stopping but then, after a brief conversation, moving away from the scene.

“It came to our notice that PRB 970 reached on the spot (of the accident) and refused to take the youth to the hospital,” ANI quoted the police superintendent as saying.

“Two constables and a head constable on duty have been suspended. An inquiry has been ordered into the incident. The probe report will be submitted with 24 hours,” SP Prabal Pratap Singh said.

(With agency inputs)

First Published: Jan 20, 2018 09:18 IST