The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT), Chandigarh, has directed the New India Assurance Company to award a total compensation of Rs 80.6 lakh to the family members of five labourers who were run over by a truck driver in August 2015 near Transport Chowk, Sector 26. If the amount is not paid within two months, penal interest will be payable at the rate of 12% per annum. The truck driver was sentenced to six-year jail last month for culpable homicide.
The deceased were Jassu Ram (55), his son Nathu Ram (18), his son-in-law Jagdish (23) and Jassu’s cousin Sardara Ram (40), all from Rajasthan. The fifth deceased was identified as Harinder Yadav (32), resident of UP.
The court of additional district judge RK Jain awarded a compensation of Rs 11.3 lakh to Jassu Ram’s widow Goga (47), daughter Lada (18) and son Mohinder (9); Rs 17.5 lakh to Nathu Ram’s mother Goga (47) and widow Sushila (20); Rs 21.5 lakh to Jagdish Ram’s widow Mewa (26), daughters Jyoti (6) and Sunita(1), and son Oma (4); and Rs 9.2 lakh to Sardara Ram’s widow Uga Devi (46), daughters Lanchha (21), Daaudi (19) and Jati (17), and son Darbar Ram (12); and Rs 21. 2 lakh to Harinder Yadav’s widow Manju Devi (32), daughters Pooja (4) and Vandana (1), and sons Amarjit and Rakesh Yadav (both born after death of deceased).
The accident had caught the public and media’s attention for its heinous nature.
The court had awarded six-year jail to the guilty truck driver Sarma Chaudhary of Bihar, for causing death of these five labourers on March 15 . The court of sessions judge Balbir Singh also imposed a fine of Rs 25,000 on him. The court had acquitted the conductor of the truck, Ajay Chaudhary stating that the prosecution had failed to prove its case against him. Sarma’s truck had run over five labourers and injured three others on the night of August 16, 2015 near Transport Chowk in Sector 26. After the horrific incident, Sarma fled but Ajay was caught by the agitated residents of the area and was beaten up before he was handed over to the police.