Himachal Pradesh State Consumer Dispute Redressal Commission president, justice Surjit Singh, on Saturday ordered HP State Civil Supply Corporation Limited, the owner of the gas agency that supplied LPG cylinder, and the area manager of Indian Oil Corporation Limited, Shimla, to pay compensation of Rs 22.25 lakh and addition Rs 1 lakh as punitive damage and Rs 10,000 as litigation expenses to the family members of Aswani Kumar, who died in a fire due to leakage of LPG cylinder in Jogindernagar here.
Singh has ordered to pay the compensation along with 9% interest on the amount, calculated from the date of filing the case by the victim's family.
It is pertinent to mention here that the incident occurred at Jogindernagar on August 7, 2013, in which Kumar, who got severe burn injuries due to fire caused by leakage of LPG cylinder, succumbed to his injuries on September 15, after a long treatment at several hospitals, including a civil hospital Jogindernagar, RP Government Medical College Tanda (Kangra) and PGI in Chandigarh.
The commission observed that the incident occurred due to a "faulty" LPG cylinder, the parties concerned could not escape the liability as the family members had spent around Rs 10 lakh on Kumar's treatment.
Notable, Kumar, who was running a readymade garment shop at Jogindernagar, is survived with minor daughters, Khushi and Khushbu; wife Geeta Devi and mother Champa Devi.