In India, countless people die painful deaths every day due to traffic-related accidents, and even as this happens, it is not uncommon to find several spectators looking on but not moving an inch to offer their help.
At the same time, many people have had another shot at life, thanks to the timely intervention of good samaritans, who chose to value a person’s life instead of worrying about legal implications.
A young boy named Abhishek, who met with an accident while returning from the Parsee Fire Temple in Lal Bazar, Kolkata, found himself in a similar situation. Thankfully, instead of ignoring him, the people present at the location quickly came to his aid and provided him with water. What was even more heartening was that a few people from the crowd even stepped up to take him to a hospital.
Moved by the heartwarming gesture of complete strangers, Abhishek’s father, Aloke Kumar, an Assistant Professor in IIM Calcutta, took to social media to narrate the entire episode and expressed his heartfelt gratitude to the crowd for their presence of mind and thoughtfulness.
You can read his entire post here:
“My son met with an accident
Abhishek, whilst returning from a visit to the Parsee Fire Temple at Metcalfe St, Lal Bazar,
While dismounting the flyover at Jawahar Lal Nehru Road, opposite to Virginia House, was hit by a Public Bus, which was speeding .
He was thrown of his Vespa two-wheeler and hit the road with his helmeted-head.
He completely blacked-out for 5 to 7 minutes.
In the meantime, passers by and pedestrians gathered
and got him back to senses.
He was offered water.
His vehicle twisted was lifted physically from the main road and parked in the foot-path.
Some offered to take him to SSKM Hospital but he requested them to :
Call his father at his mobile
Reach him Home in a Taxi.
Many called 100 for Police.
They rushed him Home and one of them offered to stay until I arrived.
I took him to Sri Aurobindo Seva Kendra where he was attended.
A CT Scan of the brain was done.
Xray of his rib cage, which was hurting.
They started treating him and NOT insisting on Payment First.
24 Hours have passed and he is recovering.
His iphone was intact.
Not a single rupee missing from his wallet.
Not a single item of value missing.
My home full of antiques was NOT robbed.
The Police was polite and courteous.
When I told them that we will not be able to report to the Shakespeare Road Police Station they did NOT insist.
Friends from automobile helped to lift the two-wheeler and park it in a nearby safe place.
Who were these people who first came to his help,
called the police,
reached him home,
paid the cab out of their pocket?
I DO NOT know any of them.
This is Calcutta I always knew.
This is Calcutta I stayed behind.
This is Calcutta I love.
And as Mrinal Sen said in his film :
“…eia bichitra sahar ka lok hai Bhuvan Shome”
Thank You All.”
(Edited by Gayatri Mishra)