Chandigarh: Hair salon owner held in youth’s death due to drug overdose

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 19, 2016 16:34 IST

The Chandigarh police on Thursday arrested a hairdressing salon owner for allegedly giving drugs to a 24-year-old youth who was found dead due to drug overdose a fortnight back.

The accused, identified as Phool Bahar (25) alias Jagga, who runs a hairdressing salon at Sector 29, Chandigarh, has also been booked for hiding evidence.

The police have secured his two-day police remand.

Sandeep Thakur, a resident of Sector 29, was found dead in Jagga’s salon. Sandeep was working with a private firm in Panchkula. He was the only son of his parents and his elder sisters are married.

The preliminary probe suggested that the victim had died due to drug overdose. Sources said both Sandeep and Jagga consumed drugs on August 3 evening. When he felt unwell, he hesitated from returning home and requested Jagga to allow him to sleep in his shop. Sandeep reportedly stayed in Jagga’s shop at night while Jagga returned home.

When Jagga returned to the shop in the morning, he spotted Sandeep lying unconscious on a chair with foam coming out of his mouth. Jagga informed the police. The victim’s family is suspecting Jagga’s role in the matter. His mother claimed that he was called by Jagga, Anju and another youth, all his friends, and took him along.

A case under sections 304 (punishment for culpable homicide not amounting to murder), 201 (causing disappearance of evidence or giving false information) of the IPC and section 27 of NDPS Act was registered at the Industrial Area police station. CHANDIGARH: The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal has directed the driver, owner and insurer of a car to jointly pay `54.14 lakh to the family of a 42-year-old man who was killed in a road mishap near Balachaur in SBS Nagar district of Punjab last year.

The victim, Sukhdev Singh (42), died after the car rammed into his motorcycle on September 30, 2015.

His family had sought `1 crore compensation. He was survived by his wife Paramjit Kaur (38), son Harjot Singh (6), daughter Navjot Kaur (10) and mother Channo (65). The tribunal said of the `54.14 lakh compensation amount, 35% be given to the deceased’s wife, 25% each to his children and 15% to his mother.

The tribunal was told that Sukhdev was going from Balachaur towards Dhaula village on his motorcycle when the accident took place. His brother Joginder was following him on his bike.

When they reached near MR City Public School, Bhaddi Road in Balachaur at 2:30pm, a Hyundai Verna car driven by Rashpal Singh of SBS Nagar town hit Sukhdev’s bike, resulting in his death on the spot. The bike was badly damaged.

The family said Sukhdev was working as a technician with a pharmaceutical firm and was earning `35,000 a month. The car was registered in the name of Rashpal’s father Som Nath.

Rashpal and Nath claimed that accident took place due to rash and negligent driving by the victim and thus claimants were not entitled for any compensation.

The car insurer, Bharti Axa General Insurance based in Sector 34-A, Chandigarh, said that the car driver was not holding a valid licence at the time of alleged accident. The insurer contended that “liability of the company could arise only if the driver of the offending vehicle was holding a valid and effective driving licence at the time of the accident”.

The tribunal, however, said it was proved that Rashpal caused the accident while driving in a rash and negligent manner.

It also disagreed with the insurer’s contention and maintained that Rashpal was holding a valid license that day. The tribunal directed that the share of the deceased’s minor children be deposited in their names in the form of fixed deposits (FDs) with a nationalised bank till they become major.

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