Mysuru: In a case of public apathy, three persons, who met with a road accident, died with nobody coming to their assistance, despite cries for help while lying in a pool of blood at Kolagala village in the district, police said. A video capturing the horrific scene that has gone viral, showed three profusely bleeding men lying on the road after their motorcycle was hit by a bus, with one of them pleading to passers-by for help.
He is seen being questioned by a passer-by about the village he belonged to before being offered water. The man later succumbed to injuries at a hospital, as also another person, while the third died on the spot, police said, adding the victims were travelling on the two-wheeler from their village Joganahalli to HD Kote on Wednesday evening.
The deceased have been identified as Ramesh, Mahesh and Manjunath, all related to each other. Naveen, a relative of the deceased, said all three were agriculture labourers and have small children. Expressing anguish over nobody coming to the help of the victims and instead making a video, he said, “They were lying at the accident spot without any help.” Doctors said two of them could have been saved if brought to the hospital on time. The victims were shifted to the hospital but not before precious time was lost, the victims’ kin alleged. The police said a case has been registered and the bus driver has been arrested. In a similar incident recently, 26-year-old Harish’s body was severed in half after being hit by a speeding lorry near Bengaluru.
The Karnataka government had launched a cashless treatment plan ‘Mukhyamantrigala Santwana Harish scheme’, for road accident victims in memory of Harish.