A teenager succumbed to his injuries following a road accident in Karnataka's Koppal town, as onlookers refused to help, instead choosing to click pictures and videos on their mobile phones. According to a report in The Indian Express, the victim, Anwar Ali, was knocked down by a state transport bus in Koppal while he was riding a bicycle to work.
A crowd gathered at the spot, but no one came forward to help Ali. Instead, the crowd began taking pictures of Ali, who was lying in a pool of blood and crying for help. Times Now reported that Ali lay bleeding for nearly 30 minutes before the ambulance arrived. He was taken to the hospital, but succumbed to his wounds. Doctors said that he could have been saved had he received timely medical assistance.
The Koppal traffic police have registered a case. According to The Hindu, locals have complained that the spot where the incident took place is an accident-prone area, and despite repeated incidents, authorities have not taken any action.
A person, claiming to be an eyewitness to the accident, told The Indian Express, "People at the spot were shocked and did not know how to help him, as the victim was severely injured and was bleeding profusely."
The incident has sent shock-waves across the state, specifically after the Karnataka government passed the Good Samaritan Act, that allows people to help the victims of accident without an legal hassles to deal with, India Today reported.
In a similar incident last month, two police officers died in Mysuru, after their jeep collided head-on with a bike, following which it rammed into a state transport bus. According to a report in The Quint, the policemen died on the spot, while bystanders clicked photos of the accident — which occurred at Alanahalli on the Mysuru-T Narasipura road.
Updated Date: Feb 02, 2017 16:32 PM