Man dies as cops dither to help, 100 fails to work

MOHALI: Reluctance of Panchkula cops to shift a injured owing to jurisdiction issues and inaccessible control room number of Mohali police wasted the ‘golden hour’, leading to the death of the 41-year-old man in on Friday.

Dinesh Kumar, a resident of Kair village in Shimla, was crossing the road with his relative when a truck hit him at 6am on the Zirakpur-Panchkula boundary. He received multiple injuries on his face and head. Local people gathered at the spot, with some beginning to make videos on their cell phones. A head constable of Panchkula police came to the site, but did not help.

Kamlesh, 39, a relative of the victim, said, “Two cops came to us, but refused to help. They told us they were from and the incident occurred within the limits of Punjab Police.” “I also called emergency number 100 many a time, but it could not be connected. I called 108 number for ambulance service too, but no one picked up the call. We waited for help for 30 minutes. None came. I finally took Dinesh to Hospital, Sector 6, in an auto, where he died,” he said.

Panchkula police, however, claimed they admitted the victim to the hospital. Sub-inspector Sushil Kumar, in-charge, Sector 19 police post, Panchkula, said, “As soon as my officer saw something had happened in the area, he rushed to the site and helped the victim in reaching the hospital.”

However, eyewitnesses alleged no cop reached the spot for help for half an hour. “Panchkula police who arrived on the spot refused to take the victim to the hospital,” said Kamlesh.

A call was made to the Mohali cops by Panchkula hospital authorities and the case was handed over to them.

Mohali police took the victim’s body to Derabassi civil hospital and handed over the body to the relatives after the post-mortem.

On the basis of the complaint given by brother of the victim, cops registered a case under Sections 279 (rash driving on public way) and 304-A (death caused due to negligence) of the IPC in Dhakoli police station against unknown person.

Pawan Kumar, the investigating officer, said, “We received a call from Panchkula PCR around 6 am and rushed to the spot, but the victim was taken to the Panchkula civil hospital.” He claimed there was no delay from their side.

Sub-inspector Jagjeet Singh, station house officer (SHO), Dhakoli police station, said, “We received information from Panchkula civil hospital and acting on that, we sent a cop and registered a case.”

of police (ASP) Harmandeep Hans said, “There was no delay from our side. We reached the spot immediately after receiving information. We will verify the video going viral on social networking sites.”

Chronic problem

Residents of Zirakpur have been regularly complaining about emergency numbers not working. Resident had raised the issue during an interaction with V , IG, Ropar range and Kuldeep Singh Chahal, SSP, Mohali, held at Zirakpur in June. Mohali SSP had acknowledged the problem and had assured to resolve it.

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