Deputy commissioner Deepinder Singh on Saturday handed over the compensation cheques to the aggrieved families and offered them condolences on behalf of chief minister Parkash Singh Badal.
The DC also handed over a cheque for Rs. 50,000 to the parents of Priya, who is under treatment in a private hospital after receiving critical injuries in the accident.
Member of parliament Santosh Chowdhary, former legislator Ram Lubhaya, and Shiromani Akali Dal (Amritsar) leader Gurdip Singh Khun Khun were present. Political parties and local people had taken up the issue in a big way and forced the government to pay compensation to the victims' families.
They had also organised a massive protest to ask for the arrest of the suspect under Sections 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 307 (attempt to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).