Police reject claim of victim’s friend: No delay by PCR vans

Gangrape

Refute allegation that PCR vans fought over jurisdiction while victims lay on the roadside.

The Delhi Police on Saturday refuted allegations made by the friend of the gangrape victim that there was delay in taking them to hospital on December 16 and said the PCR vans reached the spot within no time after receiving the first call.

Addressing a press conference, Joint Commissioner of Police (Southwest) Vivek Gogia dismissed allegations that police response was tardy and the PCR vans wasted time in taking them to a hospital by arguing over jurisdiction of the case.

Making a point-to-point rebuttal of the charges raised by the victim's friend in an interview to Zee News channel on Friday, Gogia said there could have been no jurisdictional issue with regard to PCR vans. "There was no issue over jurisdiction of the case as PCR vans do not operate under police stations. Their operation is regulated by the control room," he said.

Gogia said the control room received a call alerting them about the incident at 10:21:35 pm on December 16. "A PCR van Z-54 was assigned to attend to the call at 10.24 pm. Another PCR van — E-74 — which was patrolling the area, reached the spot at 10.27 pm, while Z-54 reached there at 10.29 pm. The police personnel on Z-54 left the spot with the victims at 10.39 pm after arranging a bedsheet from a nearby hotel to cover both the victims," he said.

"The victims were transferred to Safdarjung Hospital at 10.55 pm. These details have been ascertained from the logs generated by the Global Positioning System," Gogia said.

"It is also clarified that PCR vans are not concerned with jurisdiction. They move or respond to distress calls irrespective of their jurisdiction and take victims to designated hospitals," he said.

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