A 26-year-old bike-borne man was hit by a BEST bus after which his leg broke. But, instead of helping him, traffic constables watched him bleed, waiting for the police van to arrive. When the locals tried to help the victim, they were threatened not to interfere by the constables.
According to a report in Mid-Day, the accident happened near Aksa beach on Tuesday evening. The 26-year-old, Salauddin Shaikh, who works at four-wheeler service centre in Malwani, had gone for a ride on his two-wheeler near Aksa Beach. Shaikh had also informed his boss Sandesh Kamble about it. When he was on his way, he saw traffic cops were on the lookout for helmetless rider, and so he slowed his bike, but a BEST bus hit him, after which Shaikh was on the ground bleeding.
After fifteen minutes Sandesh Kamble (Shaikh’s boss) got a call saying that he had met with an accident and the constables were not letting the locals to take him to the hospital. After which Kamble went to accident spot and saw locals arguing with constables.
Local rush for help
The locals were arguing with the cops from almost half an hour. The locals say that Shaikh was bleeding lying on the road and the policemen not doing anything themselves and even stopping others from helping.
A local, Nigel Mendonsa, told Mid-Day, “I rushed to the scene and halted an autorickshaw. I put him inside when one of the constables held my collar and demanded that I put him back on the road. They didn’t even have their badges on… I had to argue with them for half an hour before I could manage to leave with Shaikh. I took him to Ayush Nursing Home nearby.”
Thankful to locals
Salauddin Shaikh has expressed gratitude to the locals who helped him when cops stood by and watch. Shaikh told Mid-Day, “Had the locals not rushed me to a hospital, I would have died there of blood loss. They saved my life… the constables just stood there and even threatened those who were trying to help me; they slapped one man, saying I should be kept there until the police van arrived. The Supreme Court has ruled that if one sees a road accident, one shouldn’t hesitate to get involved. The court had ordered having rules to protect ‘good Samaritans’ across the country.”
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