Two brothers, who lost their parents, grand mother and an elder sister in a road mishap involving a tanker in Uttar Pradesh 12 years ago, have been awarded a compensation of Rs 2.22 crore by a Motor Accident Claim Tribunal (MACT).
MACT presiding officer Anoop Kumar Mendiratta directed Oriental Insurance Company Ltd, with which the offending tanker was insured, to pay Rs 2,21,63,491 to Sandeep and Sumit Tomar, residents of Janakpuri in west Delhi, for death of their 47-year-old father Satyabir Singh Tomar in December 2004.
The tribunal held the driver of the tanker responsible for the accident. “It has been established that the accident was caused due to rash and negligent driving of tanker by its driver,” the judge said.
The tribunal noted that one of brothers was forced to settle in India instead of continuing his education abroad due to the accident.
“It is implicit that at the tender age of 18 and 21 years the petitioners (sons) hardly had any business experience to continue their father’s business which requires experience, expertise and contacts to carry on the projects,” it said.
The accident took place on December 30, 2004 when one of the brothers, Sandeep, was travelling with his father Satyabir, mother, sister and grandmother towards Shamli from Muzaffarnagar in UP along with a driver.
At around 9 PM, the car was hit by a tanker at Panipat Khatima Road, killing five out of the six occupants.
Only Sandeep survived with grievous injuries, his mother, sister, grandmother and driver died on the spot and his father succumbed to injuries later in a hospital.