Family-members of a daily wager run over by the Haryana chief minister’s convoy said on Tuesday that “timely” medical aid could have saved his life, even as the Opposition accused the government of insensitivity in handling a tragedy.
Satpal Kashyap, 35, died in a hospital on Monday night after he was hit by a vehicle of chief minister Manohar Lal Khattar’s convoy at Karnal, around 130 km from Delhi.
Two policemen including the driver of the pilot vehicle were also injured in the accident as the vehicle rammed into the road divider.
The deceased was the sole breadwinner of the family and is survived by a wife and four young children.
In a statement on Tuesday, Khattar described the accident as “very unfortunate” and added, “We will take care that such incidents do not happen in the future”
Karambir, the brother of Satpal, however, said that instead of offering medical help, Khattar did not even stop to inquire about the accident.
“Khattar has not even bothered to visit the aggrieved family that lost its bread earner. Money cannot compensate a human’s loss,” Karambir told reporters.
Takhana sarpanch Teg Singh said that besides bearing all expenses including education of the deceased’s children, the state government should construct a pucca house for the family.
Karnal superintendent of police Abhishek Garg said Satpal was trying to cross the highway when he was hit by the pilot vehicle.
A case under section 304-A (causing death by negligence) under of IPC has been registered against the driver Virender Singh.?
Health minister Anil Vij visited the family on Tuesday and announced a grant of Rs five lakh by the chief minister besides promising an additional Rs 5 lakh.
Vij added that he would make efforts to provide a government job to the victim’s wife according to her eligibility.
The opposition Indian National Lok Dal (INLD) slammed Khattar and the health minister for announcing monetary compensation to the family of the deceased.
“There is a growing culture in Haryana to give money to those people who are killed. Can a person’s worth be gauzed by Rs 5 lakh,” said INLD leader Dushyant Chautala.
AAP leader Ashutosh said the accident was a fall-out of the “VVIP culture”.
Delhi’s deputy chief minister Manish Sisodia said political leaders consider themselves to be gods after coming to power.
“Political leaders consider themselves to be gods after coming to power. I would like to request our ministers to meet the public and not remove them from their roads like this,” said Sisodia.
(With inputs from agencies)