A truck hit the family of four as they rode on a motorcycle in Jaipur Monday. They were going through a tunnel where motorcycles are not permitted. Though people illegally drive through the tunnel anyway to save time. Video of the accident shows the mother, Guddi Raigher, 26, lying motionless on the ground as her husband, Kanhaiyalal Raigher, begs passersby for help.
Local police say the husband begged pedestrians and drivers for help for more than 40 minutes but no one offered assistance.
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The accident victims were attended to only when a staffer of a toll booth noticed the crying husband and his son inside the tunnel on a CCTV monitor.
“Kanhaiya Lal along with his 26-year old wife Guddi, four-year- old son Tanish and eight-month-old Arushi was on his way to in-laws’ house in Luniawas village from their house in Thikariya village yesterday when a speeding truck hit their motorcycle 300 metres inside the tunnel,” police said on Monday.
Guddi and Arushi were run over by the truck while Kanhaiya and Tanish received minor injuries.
After the accident, Kanhaiya called his relatives and police but there was no network coverage so he tried to stop vehicles for help only to be ignored.
No one stepped out for help as the man holding his son sat in the middle of the road while his wife and daughter lay in an unconscious state and without knowing their fate.
The 2.8 km tunnel bored through Jhalana hills was inaugurated by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Congress President in January this year. Two-wheelers are banned inside the tunnel.
“A worker of toll tax booth noticed it on a CCTV monitor and informed police. The police help reached them within a few minutes and they were rushed to hospital. Soon after policemen, staffers of the toll tax also reached the spot,” officiating police commissioner Biju George Joseph said.
The mother and daughter died before being taken to the hospital, but the husband and son survived. They were treated and later discharged.