Prem Chand says his life has come to a standstill ever since his son, Ajay, died in a road accident on June 15 this year. “He was my only hope. My other two sons are jobless.”
The mishap happened when Ajay had just left home on a bike for Mohali for some work. Within 10 minutes, his motorcycle was hit by a truck coming from the Dhanas side. Ajay was waiting at the traffic lights on the road between Sectors 25 and 38. The truck killed Ajay on the spot. The truck driver was arrested and immediately got bail.
Ajay, 29, used to drive an auto-rickshaw. He was married and left behind two children, 10 and 8 years old.
Prem Chand, who retired last year as supervisor from the UT health department, says, “After the accident, the responsibility of Ajay’s children is also on me. I get a pension of Rs 12,000 per month, and Ajay used to help by earning another Rs 15,000 per month.”
“Truck drivers drive in a negligent manner without caring for other motorists, especially two-wheeler riders. If there’s an accident, they get bail and return to the road. Those causing fatal accidents due to rash driving should not be let off so easily,” says Prem Chand.