Two 17-year-old boys who met with an accident died on the roadside where they lay on Thursday midnight as police from UP Dial 100 refused to take them to hospital. The cops were worried that the blood of the seriously wounded kids would soil their vehicle, a Toyota Innova.
In a video that shows chilling indifference on the part of the men who were duty-bound to help the teens, one of the cops can be seen asking, "Where will we sit the whole night if our vehicle gets dirty?" Acting swiftly, the police department suspended three cops -- head constable Inderpal Singh and constables Pankaj Kumar and Manoj Kumar -- on Friday.
Arpit Khurana and Sunny 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.
Even after repeated requests from an acquaintance of one of the two teenagers, the policemen stood firm with their decision to not take them in.
The policemen were on night patrol duty as part of the state police's Dial 100 project.
While some pleaded with the cops to drive the boys to a hospital, others tried to flag down passing vehicles for help but were unsuccessful.
By the time another vehicle from the local police station arrived, it was too late. On arrival at a hospital, the boys were declared "brought dead" by the doctors.
After the incident, the police department suspended the three cops.
"We have taken exemplary action against the three cops. We cannot tolerate the kind of inhuman treatment that was meted out to those in dire need of help. They (the three cops) are already under suspension. If, after the inquiry that has been set up, their irresponsible and immoral conduct is conclusively established, further action will be taken against them," DIG (Saharanpur range) Sunil Emannuel told Times Of India.
" Our families are ruined. If those policemen had shown even the slightest amount of mercy, my son would have been alive," said Arpit's father Rakesh Khurana.
The 'UP Dial 100' service was launched in 2016 by the then state chief minister Akhilesh Yadav. The emergency system, government officials claim, is supposed to ensure police reaches the crime scene in 15 minutes, in both rural and urban areas.