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In 30 days, accident cells to deliver justice

Court order Aimed at providing relief to victim’s family.

delhi Updated: Feb 28, 2010 01:56 IST
Vijaita Singh

Police Control Room (PCR) vans have for long been one of the biggest ambulance services in the city. Last month alone, these vans took more than 50,000 accident victims to hospitals in Delhi.

Complying with the orders of the Delhi High Court, now most police station in the city will have a separate accident cell.

To come up in 80 police stations, these cells will have trained policemen, who are undergoing training currently, to deal with accident cases in a scientific and humane manner.

These police stations were chosen on the basis of number of accident cases registered in their area.

According to data provided by the Delhi Traffic Police, on an average 18 accidents are reported every day in the city and five people are killed.

“As soon as an accident call is received, the investigating officer will visit the scene of crime and take photographs. If a vehicle is involved, its registration and chasis number would have to be updated in

the police records immediately,” said HGS Dhaliwal,

deputy commissioner of police (south).

The photographic evidence will also help in conviction of the accused.

“The aim is to provide urgent relief to the families of accident victims,” said a senior police officer.

Police said all other details like time and place of accident would have to be uploaded on the Motor Accidents Claim Tribunal (MACT) website within 30 days of the incident.

If not done, the investigating officer concerned will have to face departmental action.

With all the documents in place, a victim’s family would just have to log in to the tribunal website and claim the compensation or the insurance claims.

The new accident cell will have an Inspector level officer look after all the accident related cases.

“The Inspector will have a team including Sub Inspectors and Head Constables who will be trained to deal with accidents,” said the officer.