Volunteers of Arrive Safe, an NGO on road safety, held a silent protest near the Sector-34 police station, seeking stricter punishment for the accused in the Sujata Sharma “hit-and-run” case. Instead of taking the victim to hospital, the accused drove away, which was an “intentional” and not a “negligent” act.
The accused, Satyajot Singh, 23, a resident of SAS Nagar, had fled from the spot leaving behind the car and was hiding in Anandpur Sahib. He was arrested on Monday.
The NGO demanded that the accused be booked under section 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC), which gave 10-years imprisonment instead of the customary practice of imposing section 304-A (causing death by negligence), which is a bailable offence.
Further, section 279 (rash and negligent driving) of the IPC and section 134 (driver instead of informing the authorities or providing medical attention chose to run away) of the Motor Vehicle Act should also be imposed on him.
The NGO also demanded that the accomplices and family members should also be booked as they helped the accused.
The NGO also gave a representation to the SHO of the Sector-34 police station regarding their demands.