An e-rickshaw driver was killed after being hit by a speeding tempo in west Delhi's Subhash Nagar on Wednesday. The 40-year-old lay bleeding on the roadside for around 90 minutes, but nobody went ahead to help him.
Police took him to a nearby hospital, where he was declared brought dead. Doctors say that Matibool, a father to four children, died due to excessive bleeding.
CCTV footage shows bystanders ignoring the man writhing in pain, until a rickshaw puller stops near the bleeding man, but only to steal his mobile phone.
Matibool came to Delhi from West Bengal around 10 years ago and drove an e-rickshaw in the day. He worked as a security guard at night.
According to police, Matibool was hit by the tempo while returning home from his night job at around 5:30 am. However, a call to the police control room was made only at 7 am.
Police later found some documents in Matibool's pocket that helped in ascertaining his identity.
"We contacted people at the company where he worked as a security guard. They told us that Matibool had completed his night shift and left for home at around 5 am," said an officer, adding that he was then hit by a tempo from behind while on his way home.
"The tempo driver immediately got off his vehicle to take a look at the injured man. But instead of taking him to a hospital, he got back into the tempo and drove away," the officer was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
Most people who saw Matibool on the road may have ignored him for a drunkard, the officer added.
In real life, not an easy decision picking up a profusely bleeding hit and run victim from the road. Especially in unfamiliar areas. 1/2— Satbir Singh (@thesatbir) August 11, 2016
Colleague and I did a couple of months ago. Looking for hospital, scared what if he dies in car. How to explain a body to police? 2/2— Satbir Singh (@thesatbir) August 11, 2016
"We have formed a team to identify the killer tempo driver and arrest him. Efforts are also on to identify the rickshaw puller who took away Matibool's mobile phone," the officer said. A case under Indian Penal Code has been registered.
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