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 near Kolagala gate in the Mysuru district, police said Friday.
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.
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 H D Kote on Wednesday evening.
The deceased have been identified as Ramesh (39), Mahesh(34) and Manjunath(29). All three were agriculture labourers.
Naveen, uncle of the Ramesh told The News Minute that the trio were riding from Jogahalli village to Heggadadevanakote to attend a temple fair.
He said that the victims could have been saved had the help come on time instead of people taking videos.
"A KSRTC bus hit them near Kolagala gate at around 3 pm. Until 4 pm neither an ambulance nor a bystander helped them. About 10 km from the accident spot is a hospital. The ambulance reached at about 4 pm and my nephew Ramesh died on the way to the hospital. Maheshand Manjunath died the same evening as they had bled too much," he said.
"The people are scared whether they would be pulled up by the police and harassed by them if they had helped the victims,"he said.
"My nephew's legs were crushed, he was bleeding profusely on his head and was begging for help. One person could asked him where he is from, is that important?" asked enraged Naveen.
The video which is over a minute long shows two men calling for help. Feet of about bystanders can be seen. Ramesh can be heard begging for help from the bystanders. One person talking in Malayalam is heard asking a bleeding Ramesh about where he is from. When Ramesh's reply is not clear he is heard asking him to repeat.
Doctors said two of them could have been saved if brought to the hospital on time.
Police said a case has been registered and the bus driver has been arrested.