A vehicle in Haryana chief minister ML Khattar’s convoy mowed down a pedestrian here Monday night, setting off a controversy as the deceased’s family claimed the CM had driven away without offering medical assistance.
Thirty-five-year-old Satpal Kashyap, a daily wager and his family’s sole bread winner, died in hospital after being hit by a police vehicle in the convoy while trying to cross national highway 1 near Taraori, Karnal SP Abhishek Garg said. Two policemen, including driver Virender Singh, were also injured and have been hospitalised.
Calling the incident “unfortunate”, Khattar said an FIR has been registered against the driver and an inquiry ordered. He also announced R5 lakh in compensation for the family.
Insisting timely medical aid could have saved Kashyap’s life, his brother Karambir Kashyap said, “Khattar did not even bother to visit the family that lost its bread earner. Money cannot compensate a human loss.”
There was no official confirmation of whether the victim was offered first aid by doctors or policemen in the VVIP convoy.
Political rivals also criticised the BJP CM. “Despite such an accident, he did not stop his car, even though he was travelling with a fully equipped ambulance,” the INLD’s Dushyant Chautala told ANI.
“Political leaders consider themselves 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 AAP’s Manish Sisodia.
Takhana sarpanch Teg Singh demanded the state take the responsibility of educating Kashyap’s four young children and build a pucca house for his family.
Visiting the family, state health minister Anil Vij assured them of a thorough investigation and announced a further `5 lakh from his discretionary quota for them.