In a harrowing incident in Delhi, a 30-year-old budding documentary filmmaker, Piyush Pal, met with a tragic accident near the Hauz Khas police station. What makes this incident even more distressing is the bystanders’ reluctance to come to his aid. Instead of helping the injured filmmaker, they opted to take photos and record videos of the accident scene.
The accident occurred on the Outer Ring Road, a lane leading from the IIT-Delhi crossing to Nehru Place, around 9:30 pm on a Saturday evening. Piyush Pal, who suffered severe injuries to his face and head after colliding with another bike, lay bleeding on the road for nearly half an hour before someone finally extended a helping hand.
The CCTV footage from a nearby petrol pump captured this tragic incident, shedding light on the callous behavior of the bystanders who prioritized capturing images over a fellow human being’s well-being. The incident, as revealed by the footage, unfolded before the first PCR call was made after 10 pm.
Piyush Pal’s friend, Sunny, who arrived at the scene around 11:30 pm, shared that Piyush always wore a helmet while riding his bike. Although the exact cause of the accident remains under investigation, the CCTV footage indicated that Piyush’s bike had collided with another two-wheeler from behind.
One witness who eventually stopped to help Piyush reported that he had lost a significant amount of blood. They promptly placed him in an auto and rushed him to a nearby clinic, which subsequently referred him to PSRI Multispeciality Hospital on Press Enclave Marg. Despite their efforts, Piyush Pal’s injuries proved fatal, leading to his untimely death.
The incident highlights the need for increased awareness about prioritizing human lives over capturing tragic events for voyeuristic purposes. Piyush’s tragic accident serves as a grim reminder of the importance of empathy and prompt action during such distressing moments.