statesman news service
KOLKATA, 14 JUNE: A professor of Jadavpur University slipped and fell on the railway tracks near Palbazar station at Jadavpur and before he could rise a train ran over his right leg. Prof Gupinath Bhandari, with his right foot severed, lay unconscious on the spot for over half-an-hour as a crowd gathered there but no one came to his help.
The incident took place this morning when the professor of the Civil Engineering department, on his way to JU, was crossing the tracks.
As the tracks were slippery, he fell down and tried to rise only to fall down again. No one came to his help and a train came and ran over his right foot. He remained at the same place in a pool of blood for half-an-hour before a non-teaching staff of Jadavpur University spotted him.
Prof Bhandari was rushed to KPC Medical College and Hospital and later shifted to a private nursing home off EM Bypass. “The staff who spotted him lying on the tracks called up the finance officer and the joint registrar of the university. Meanwhile, with the help of the Railway police he was taken to the hospital. We went there and then shifted him to another nursing home,” said prof Siddhartha Dutta, pro Vice-Chancellor of the university. The professor has also received serious head injuries and doctors said that his right foot would have to be amputated. “He will be under observation for 24 hours as his injuries are serious. This has been a very unfortunate incident and what surprises us is that nobody came forward to help him and he remained there in such a critical condition for almost half-an-hour,” added the pro V-C.
Though the teachers of his department and university officials alleged that railway police did not take notice of the incident, railway police claimed that they were the first to notice the professor and send him to the hospital.
“The university staff who called the university office, said there was a crowd surrounding Prof Bhandari but neither they nor police took him to hospital,” said a teacher of the Civil Engineering department of the university.
“We received a call at our control room in the police headquarters at Lalbazar. We informed Jadavpur police station. They sent a team of two police officers to the spot and informed the matter to Jadavpur GRP," said a senior officer of the city police.
Prof Bhandari, with his right foot severed, lay unconscious on the spot for over half-an-hour as a crowd gathered but none came to his help