Driver, owner, insurer of truck to pay Rs 18 lakh for killing man

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: May 17, 2015 09:04 IST

For killing a man under speeding wheels of a truck, the motor accidents claims tribunal (MACT) presided over by additional district and sessions judge RK Jain directed the negligent driver, owner and the insurer of the truck to pay `18.29 lakh as compensation to six surviving members of the victim.

Disposing of a petition filed by six family members of deceased Jaipal, 32, a plumber employed on contract basis with the Chandigarh municipal corporation, including his widow, aged mother and four children, the tribunal directed driver Sushil Kumar Pandey, Sector 37 based Guru Amardass Transport Company, which owned the truck through its owner Jaswinder Singh, and the insurer of the company, IFFCO Tokkio Insurance, to pay the amount.

On April 10, 2014, Jaipal, who was riding a bicycle, was killed by a truck carrying transit mixture on the intersection of Sector 38 and Sector 38 West at around 7pm. The speeding truck had hit him and fled from the spot. The accident had triggered strong protests from his relatives that forced police to arrest the driver, Sushil Kumar Pandey, within 24 hours.

The petition, filed by advocates Thakur Kartar Singh and Vishal Singh, stated that Jaipal was going towards Sector 38 after the signal turned green when the speeding vehicle hit him from the rear.

The hit-and-run incident was caught on the close circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed at the light point.

The Dadumajra Colony resident was then rushed to Government Multi-specialty Hospital, Sector 16, from where he was referred to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) where he had succumbed to injuries. Jaipal Kumar was the sole breadwinner of his family, and his mother, wife and four children were dependent upon him.

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