Hit by bus, teen dies as crowd shoots pho­tos in Kar­nataka

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Press Trust of In­dia let­ters@hin­dus­tan­times.com

An 18-yearold boy suc­cumbed to in­juries fol­low­ing a road ac­ci­dent as on­look­ers clicked his pic­tures. In the in­ci­dent caught on cam­era, the boy lay bleed­ing for about 25 min­utes be­fore he was rushed to a hospi­tal. The video footage, which has now gone vi­ral, shows the vic­tim ly­ing in a pool of blood cry­ing for help, while some gave him wa­ter.

The in­ci­dent hap­pened on Wed­nes­day when An­war Ali was cy­cling to the mar­ket where he worked, po­lice said. He was hit and run over by a state trans­port bus go­ing to Hub­balli from Hos­apete. Ali’s brother Riaz said he suc­cumbed to his in­juries at 1.30pm. “.. No one came to his help, they were mak­ing videos and click­ing pic­tures. If some­one had cared, my brother could have been saved. More than 15 to 20 min­utes were wasted there.”

Po­lice have regis­tered a case in this con­nec­tion.

A per­son who claims to be an eye­wit­ness to the ac­ci­dent said, “Peo­ple at the spot were shocked and did not know how to help him as the vic­tim was se­verely in­jured and was bleed­ing pro­fusely.”

Lo­cals com­plained that the spot where the in­ci­dent took place is an ac­ci­dent-prone area and au­thor­i­ties have not taken ac­tion de­spite re­peated in­ci­dents there.

Re­cently, in a sim­i­lar in­ci­dent, a 38-year-old po­lice of­fi­cer who was de­prived of timely med­i­cal help by on­look­ers suc­cumbed to in­juries fol­low­ing an ac­ci­dent in My­suru. Kar­nataka has a Good Sa­mar­i­tan law to pro­tect those who pro­vide aid to ac­ci­dent vic­tims.

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