Punjab asked to pay Rs 25 lakh to family of accident victim

A motor accident claims tribunal has asked the Punjab government to pay nearly Rs 25 lakhs as compensation to the family members of a man, who was crushed to death three years ago by a state roadways bus.

Updated: Mar 30, 2011, 15:58 PM IST

New Delhi: A motor accident claims
tribunal has asked the Punjab government to pay nearly Rs 25
lakhs as compensation to the family members of a man, who was
crushed to death three years ago by a state roadways bus.

Noting that the offending Punjab roadways bus was not
insured, MACT judge Ashwani Sarpal said, "In such a situation,
the entire responsibility to pay the compensation falls upon
the owner of the offending bus (the Punjab government)."
The court asked the managing director of Punjab state
roadways to pay Rs 24,89,200 to the family members, including
the wife, son and the parents of victim Rajeshwar Singh Ranu,
a Delhi resident.

The accident took place on October 22, 2008 on G T
Road near Amritsar when Ranu, 35, was on his way to Delhi in
his car.
The accident took place when he stepped out of the car
on the busy road after his vehicle got punctured and was hit
by a speeding Punjab roadways bus coming from the opposite
side hit him, throwing him several meters away. He died on the
spot.

A case was registered against the driver of the bus
under section 279 (rash driving) and 304 A (causing death by
negligence) of IPC at Amritsar`s Jandayala Guru police
station.

Though bus driver Rajinder Singh denied the very
occurrence of the accident, it came to light that police had
prosecuted him for causing death due to rash and negligent
driving.
Punjab government said Singh was not its employee and
was serving it on a contract basis.

The court rejected the state government`s contentions
saying and awarded nearly Rs 25 lakh compensation to the
family of the deceased, taking into account his annual income
of Rs 1,70,000 as a tour and travels operator.

PTI