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Last Updated: May 01, 2008
Hit by Truck, Journalist Shams Tabrez Dies on Road Waiting for Help
By Our Staff Reporter

New Delhi, May 1 How much callous and heartless is the city of Delhi could be imagined from the details about the tragic end of Shams Tabrez, a 52-year-old freelance journalist who bled at the busy crossing of Ashram Chowk in South Delhi for nearly an hour after his bike was hit by a speeding mini truck, without any sort of medical help coming his way.

The victim bled to death on the road. Worse. Dr Anil Sharma, a neurosurgeon at AIIMS, who happened to be passing by and rushed to help the victim, was rebuked by other motorists for abandoning his vehicle on the middle of the road for the sake of a "dead man".

"When I tried to stop a few cars coming from the opposite side to take the victim to a hospital, they just refused saying they did not want their seat covers ruined. When I went back to him, the man had died. He could have lived if help reached him in time," Dr Sharma said.

It was too late, however, for the doctors there could not save him. The deceased, Shams Tabrez, was on a motorcycle when hit by a mini-truck on the flyover near the railway bridge. The accident occurred around 8 am, the police said.

The doctor was going to AIIMS when he got stuck in a jam at Ashram. "I was told that the pile-up was due to an accident that had taken place 45 minutes ago. I got off from my car and rushed to the victim, who was lying in a pool of blood. Only two bikers had stopped by to help. They told me they had called up the police half an hour ago, but no one had turned up."

Police said truck driver, Virender, has been arrested and the truck has been impounded. A case has been registered against him under Section 304 (a) of IOC (causing death due to rash and negligent driving). Dr Sharma told police he had informed the PCR on phone but did not get a prompt response.

Sources said Tabrez had written for a number of publications as a freelancer. His wife and three daughters survive him. (Based on the reports appearing in The Times of India and Indian Express, dated April 30).

 


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