The family of an NRI, who was killed in a road accident in 2009 while on his way home, said the compensation awarded by the motor accidents claims tribunal would “not bring their dead son back.”
The tribunal on January 31 had awarded `5.56 crore as compensation to the family members of US-based Mandeep Singh, a 48-year-old chartered accountant, who had died six years ago in an accident while onboard an Indo-Canadian bus that was en-route from Delhi airport to Rajpura.
Mandeep’s younger brother Jasmeet Singh said, “He talked to me over the phone after landing in India. He wanted to surprise the family on Diwali and hence was coming a day prior to the festival.” Jasmeet used to receive him at Delhi airport on his every visit, but this time Mandeep had asked him to book a bus ticket for him because of the surprise plan.
Mandeep’s mother Parminder Kaur questioned the relevance of the compensation announced by the court. “This money cannot call back our son, who died without any reason or fault,”she said. Jasmeet said, “It was shocking to know that of six people who were onboard the bus that fell into the canal, only Mandeep died. The rest suffered from minor injuries.”
“Mandeep was visiting India alone. His son and wife, who were in the US at the time of the accident, had to face a lot of financial crisis post his death as Mandeep was the only earning member of the family,”added Jasmeet. The sour memories have resurfaced in the hearts of Mandeep’s family members with the announcement of the compensation after six years of his death.
Mandeep had two brothers - Jasmeet and Amardeep. They were native of village Kakarwal in Dhuri, Punjab. After Mandeep’s death, Amardeep died last year of heart attack.
Mandeep’s wife Inderejit Kaur and son Mansuresh Singh live in the US. Mansuder has completed his school and is now pursuing higher studies.