A local court sentenced a 50-year-old Raipur Khurd resident to three years in jail on Tuesday for knocking down and killing a Chandigarh Police constable with his vehicle. District and sessions judge SK Aggarwal also imposed a fine of `3,000 on the convict, identified as Girwar Singh, whose speeding car killed Vijay Kumar, 39, in September 2013.
Last November, a motor accidents claims tribunal held Singh guilty of rash driving and ordered him as well as the firm that had insured his vehicle, Reliance General Insurance Co, to pay Rs 66.73 lakh in compensation to Kumar’s family.
The money will be shared by the deceased’s widow, two minor children and father, all residents of Bhiwani district in Haryana.
Eyewitness testimony as well as the postmortem report helped in establishing Girwar’s culpability. According to the prosecution, on the night of September 30, 2013, Kumar along with another constable, Milap, who were on duty in Sector 31, received a PCR wireless message saying a vehicular accident had occurred near the CRPF camp in Hallomajra.
While Kumar, accompanied by sub-inspector Kuldeep Singh and Milap, was inspecting the accident scene, a speeding car driven by Singh knocked him down. He was critically hurt and taken to GMCH-32 where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The police had asserted Singh was drunk when he hit Kumar. The medical report, which said “the alcohol content in Singh’s blood was beyond the permissible limit”, also backed the police’s claim. Singh, however, claimed he was being falsely implicated.