Cops say no delay in taking ex- Armyman to hospital

A Day after a decorated officer of the Indian Army died after being hit by an unidentified vehicle on a South Delhi road,the police failed to explain the delay in taking Major Alok Singh (retired) to hospital.

Written by Express News Service | New Delhi | Published: February 19, 2010 12:54:09 am

A Day after a decorated officer of the Indian Army died after being hit by an unidentified vehicle on a South Delhi road,the police failed to explain the delay in taking Major Alok Singh (retired) to hospital. The victim’s family had alleged the police did not rush him to hospital in time,leading to his death.

Police officials said Singh had died on the spot and his postmortem report (which was released around 6 pm on Wednesday) suggested the time of death was around 6 in the morning. The accident took place on Africa Avenue Road near Safdurjang Enclave on Wednesday morning.

Singh,44,served the Indian Army (Infantry) for nine years and was awarded the Vir Chakra on April 20,1991. He took voluntary retirement in 1992. An alumnus of Modern School,Singh worked as director administrator with a well-known company.

Lalji Prasad,Singh’s father-in-law,said,“Morning walk was part of his daily routine. What I have been told is that the police did not take quick action. If that’s true and had he been rushed to hospital in time,maybe he would have been here with us and his two sons.”

Police officials,however,maintained Singh died on spot and that they were trying to trace the vehicle that hit him after registering a case at RK Puram police station.

“There are no eyewitnesses to the accident. So it is very difficult to even know what kind of vehicle hit him,” a police official said.

Singh was,meanwhile,cremated today at the Army crematorium in Nariana. He is survived by his father S S Jaiswal,wife Anju Singh and two sons,both students of Delhi Public School-RK Puram. His elder son will sit for Class X Board examination this year. Singh’s brother,an engineer in America,is yet to arrive.

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