Three cops in Uttar Pradesh’s Saharanpur were suspended on Saturday for allegedly refusing to take two wounded teenagers to a hospital in their vehicle which led to their death.
"The concerned policemen were suspended immediately. We will receive a report within 24 hours after which we will take action accordingly," said Saharanpur Additional Superintendent of Police (ASP) Prabal Pratap Singh told ANI.
This came after two youths, victims of a road accident, were left to die after the three policemen refused to take them to a hospital in their car.
Saharanpur SP (City) Prabal Pratap Singh said Arpit Khurana and his friend Sunny, both aged 17, were on their way home last night, when they lost control over their motorbike and it crashed into a pole in Beri Bagh area.
Locals rushed to the scene and pulled them out of a drain they had fallen into after the crash.
The teenagers were seriously wounded, the SP said adding that the residents then informed the police on the 'Dial 100' service.
They said the policemen who reached the site refused to take the wounded persons in their vehicle to a hospital, he said.
The policemen reportedly refused because the blood of the injured teenagers would stain their vehicle, the SP added.
The residents then took the teenagers to a hospital in an autorickshaw but doctors there declared them 'brought dead'.
A three-minute video purportedly showing the policemen refusing help to the injured teenagers later went viral on the social media.
The video shows a young man crying and pleading with the policemen to help them.
As he was pleading, he also asked a man standing nearby to check the pulse of his heavily-bleeding friend, and got a reply, “he is dead”.
“Bhaiya, iski body thandi ho rahi hai. Kuch to karo. (His body is getting cold, please do something.),” pleaded the miserable friend.
However, the police officials at the scene did not take any action. The video shows a car or two stopping but then after a brief conversation, moving away from the scene.
The father of one of the teens today said it was a ‘murder’ as the boy could have been saved had he reached the hospital in time.
"Had my child received first aid on time, he could have been saved. Even the doctors say that," father of one of the 17-year-old boys told news agency ANI.
Three policemen - Indrapal Singh, Pankaj Kumar and Manoj Kumar - were suspended over the alleged incident, the SP added.