Even as Chandigarh Police continued to dispute the timing of the accident which claimed the life of a 33-year-old woman,the investigating officer (IO) of the case on Monday dismissed the need to take Sharmila Gupta to a nearby hospital. Reason: No one could have saved her and there was no point in taking her to the hospital since she was no more,said the IO,Assistant Sub-Inspector (ASI) Satinder Kumar.
Showing the pictures of the accident scene as Sharmila lay bleeding on the road,the ASI said,Parts of her brain were everywhere on the road. How could I have saved her? There was no point in taking the woman to the hospital. There was no chance of her survival. No one could have saved her.
However,city-based senior advocate Manmohan Lal Sarin said,It is always a doctor who declares a person dead. Even the apex court judgment reads that police are responsible for taking an accident victim to the hospital. Then,it is the responsibility of the doctors to provide first-aid to the victim. Any citizen can take the victim to the hospital.
Only a doctor,who examines a victim medically,can say that the person is dead despite the circumstances. In this case,the first thing should have been to save Sharmilas life and take her to the hospital.
According to some of the eyewitnesses,Sharmila was alive when she lay on the road. A police officer is nobody to declare somebody dead. Sharmila could have been revived if she was taken to the hospital, said an eyewitness.
Sharmilas brother Subhash Kumar Gupta said cops had shown him evidence which gave a clean chit to the police. Police officers have shown us Sharmilas call records which show that she had given a call to one of his colleagues,Vijay Bansal,around 2.15 pm, he said.
According to the police records,the PCR got a call about the accident at 2.21 pm and the police claimed to have reached the spot at 2.30 pm.
When contacted,Bansal said he had received a call from Sharmila before the accident but he was not sure of the time of the call.
Akash Ghai,one of the two youngsters who had alleged manhandling by Station House Officer Shri Prakash,said,There is a dispute over the timing of the accident. We were made to wait for nearly three hours before we were called by the SSP. I have confirmed in my statement that I was manhandled by SHO Shri Prakash.
However,SHO Shri Prakash refused to comment on the issue.