Posted: 04 January 2013 at 9:34am | IP Logged
New Delhi: Awindra Pandey, the male friend of the Delhi gang-rape victim - the only witness in the case, on Friday spoke for the first time and exclusively told Zee News that her friend was positive and wanted to live even after the horrific incident on the night of December 16.
Speaking to Zee News Editor Sudhir Choudhary, Awindra explained in detail what happened on the fateful night of December 16.
He said no one came to their help after they were thrown off the bus by the six accused. Even after the police arrived, it took them over two hours to take them to hospital.
Awindra said since December 16, protests have been happening and people are on the streets. "Many things have come out in the media, but people have been interpreting it differently. I want to tell them what we faced on that night. I want to tell what I faced, what my friend faced," he told Zee News, expressing hope that others could take lesson and save others' lives in future.
Awindra said the six accused had lured them into boarding the bus on the night of December 16.
"The occupants of the bus which had tinted windows and curtains had trapped us. They were probably involved in crimes before also. They beat us up, hit us with iron rod, snatched our clothes and belongings and they threw us off the bus on a deserted stretch.
"The bus occupants had everything planned. Apart from the driver and helper, others behaved like they were passengers. We even paid Rs 20 as fare. Then they started teasing my friend and the same led to a brawl. I beat three of them up but then the rest brought an iron rod and hit me. Before I fell unconscious, they took my friend away.
"From where we boarded bus, they moved around for nearly two and a half hours. We were shouting, trying to make people hear us. But they switched off the lights. We tried to resist them. Even my friend fought with them, she tried to save me. She tried to dial police control room number 100, but the accused snatched the mobile," Awindra said.
"Before throwing us off the bus, they snatched out mobiles and tore off our clothes in order to destroy any evidence of the crime," he added.
"After throwing us off the bus, they tried to mow us down but I save my friend by pulling her away in the nick of time. We were without clothes. We tried to stop people passing by. Several auto rickshaws, cars and bikes slowed down but no one stopped for about 25 minutes. Then someone on patrolling stopped and called the police," he told Zee News.
Awindra rued that three PCR vans arrived at the scene after about 45 minutes, but wasted time in deciding under which police station's jurisdiction the case fell.
He said nobody, including the police, gave them clothes or called ambulance. "They were just watching us," he said, adding someone gave them a part of bed sheet to cover his friend after repeated requests.
"My friend was bleeding profusely. But instead of taking us to a nearby hospital, they (police) took us to a far away hospital."
Awindra said he carried his badly injured friend to the PCR van on his own as the policemen didn't help them because the girl was bleeding profusely.
"Nobody from the public helped us. People were probably afraid that if they help us they would become witness to the crime and would be asked to come to police stations and courts," he told the channel.
"Even at the hospital we were made to wait and I had to literally beg for clothes. I borrowed a stranger's mobile and called my relatives, but just told them that I met with an accident. My treatment started only after my relatives came," said Awindra.
"I was hit on the head. I was not able to walk. I was not able to move my hands for two weeks," Awindra said, detailing the injuries he suffered on that horrific night.
"My family wanted to take me to our native place but I decided to stay in Delhi in order to help the police. It was only after doctors' advice that I went back to my home and started private treatment there."
"When I had met my friend in the hospital she was smiling. She was able to write and was positive. I never felt that she did not want to live," Awindra said
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