Mishaps involving Akali leaders’ buses: One family relents, other firm on demands

  • HT Correspondent, Bathinda/Mukhtsar
  • Updated: Feb 11, 2016 09:39 IST
Relatives of the victim of an accident involving a New Deep company bus protesting outside a hospital in Bathinda on Wednesday. (Sanjeev Kumar/HT)

Family members of a man who was crushed to death by a bus of New Deep transport company staged a protest in Bathinda on Wednesday, even as the kin of the other victim — killed in a mishap involving a Dabwali transport company bus — lifted their protest at Malout in Muktsar district after a meeting with the administration.

Both buses belong to companies owned by Akali leaders.

Roshan Lal was killed after his horse cart was hit by a Dabwali transport bus at Kabarwala village in Mukstar district early on Tuesday morning. Cyclist Ram Het was crushed under a New Deep bus on the Bathinda-Goniana road on Tuesday evening.

A delegation of the Lok Janshakti Party (LJP) and Ram Het’s family members met Bathinda deputy commissioner (DC) Basant Garg regarding their demands on Wednesday. The family is seeking a job for the victim’s son, besides adequate compensation. Garg said he would hold another meeting with the family on Thursday.

State LJP president Kiranjeet Singh Gehri said they would decide the course of action after the meeting with the administration on Thursday, adding that the body would be cremated only after all demands were met.

Meanwhile, Roshan Lal’s family ended its protest after an assurance from the administration about their demands. After the post-mortem examination, his body was handed over to the family.

Subdivisional magistrate (SDM), Malout, Vishesh Sarangal said the demands included a job to one of the sons of the deceased and compensation as per rules. “The family’s application for a job would be forwarded to higher officials,” he added.

Muktsar deputy commissioner Sumit Jarangal said they would give compensation to the family as per the law.

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