The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Punjab government to provide Rs 4-lakh compensation to a Khanna family whose sole breadwinner died after his throat was slit by a banned synthetic kite string in February 2016.
The high court (HC) bench of justice MMS Bedi acted on the petition of the victim’s widow Jyoti Sharma and her two minor kids. Rajnish Kumar, 41, who owned a garment shop in Ludhiana, was on his scooter when he got entangled in a kite string.
Appearing for the petitioner, counsel Vikas Bali sought Rs 20-lakh relief, arguing the death was result of the state authorities failure to implement the high court directions of 2015 prohibiting sale and use of synthetic kite string.
Bali said Rajnish’s postmortem report showed the cause of death was deep incised wound on the upper part of the neck.
While seeking response by July 12, the HC bench observed that in view of prima facie negligence of the state authorities, it will be expedient, in the interest of justice, to direct the Punjab government to pay interim compensation of Rs 4 lakh to family members within a period of one month.