A day after violence erupted on the Jalandhar-Amritsar national highway after a bus of Libra transport company crushed 12-year-old boy Nishan to death and seriously injured his cousin Mohit near Lamma Pind Chowk on Friday here, the government handed over compensation to families of the victims.
Chief parliamentary secretary (CPS) and Jalandhar North MLA KD Bhandari handed over a cheque of Rs 2 lakh to Rimpi, Nishan’s mother, and a cheque of Rs 50,000 to the family of Mohit, 13, who is undergoing treatment at Kapoor Hospital at Pathankot Chowk.
Nishan’s body was cremated at Kishanpura crematorium after the post-mortem at the civil hospital. Peace returned to the area amid heavy police deployment.
Nishan’s cousin brother Himmat lit the pyre. His family said the deceased was a fan of Punjabi singer Satinder Sartaaj and had earned several accolades in singing competitions. They said Nishan wanted to meet Sartaaj and used to wear clothes similar to that of the singer.
The family appealed to police to start a drive against speeding buses on major roads, responsible for creating unnecessary terror on roads.
Additional deputy commissioner of police (ADCP-1) J Elanchezhian, assistant commissioner of police (ACP North) BIS Kahlon and several station house officers (SHOs), accompanied by a heavy police force, kept vigil in the area throughout the day.
Bus driver, Sandeep Singh, a resident of Bangawali village in Sangrur district and Akhil Bharatiya Hindu Suraksha Samiti president Deepak Kumar Kalia, who allegedly instigated the protesters, were produced in a local court and sent to Kapurthala jail.
Nishan, a resident of New Hardyal Nagar, and his cousin, Mohit, were crossing the highway under the flyover around 12:30pm on cycle when the bus coming from Pathankot Chowk hit them, killing Nishan on the spot and leaving Mohit critically injured.