Irked by police inaction and alleged misbehaviour by its staff, the kin of road accident victim Harinder Singh , who was hit by a school bus on Tuesday, blocked the Patiala-Sirhind bypass for three hours, causing traffic problem in that part of the city. Three ambulances were stuck in the traffic jam that built up after 10 am when the kin of deceased Harinder Singh alleged that the police did not impound the bus that hit him on Tuesday and the driver was also yet not nabbed.
They also alleged that investigative officer Kulbir Singh misbehaved with them when they sought action against the culprits. Compensation for the victim’s family was another demand behind blocking the road.
Police had a tough time to lift the dharna from the spot that went on for over two hours. The protesters were pacified when sub-divisional magistrate (SDM) Pooja Syal reached the spot and assured justice to the victim’s family. A delegation of the deceased’s family met deputy commissioner Kumar Amit in the presence of the SDM to sort out the matter.
The DC said that the police have already registered an FIR against the bus driver besides impounding the vehicle. The accused was also nabbed. “We will also process their application for compensation once they submit the necessary documents”, he said.
On the alleged misbehaviour with the victim’s family, SDM Pooja Syal said that she has already brought that issue to the notice of senior officials and agreed with family members that all government officials should treat public politely and humbly.
The victim died after he was hit by a school bus of Ryan International School, second death in one week when a school bus was involved. Recently, a 5-year-old was killed because of the negligence of the driver of SM international school bus in front of school premises.
Although, the magisterial probe ordered by the DC is still inconclusive, sources said that there were major violations of the state’s safe vahan policy by school buses.
The repeated accidents, involving school buses, many say, raise the questions of lack of safety measures by school authorities and private contractors.