Two years after a speeding Haryana roadways crushed to death a 28-year-old youth, Bhuvneshwar Kamboj, who was waiting for bus at a stop in Ambala Cantonment, the Motor Accidents Claims Tribunal has directed government public transport agency to pay Rs 18.57 lakh as compensation to the parents of the victim.
The tribunal presided over by Dilbagh Singh Johal, while holding the Haryana roadways driver Babu Ram guilty of rash and negligent driving, directed the Haryana transport department, Haryana Roadways, Yamuna Nagar depot, driver and New India Assurance Company Limited to pay Rs 18.57 lakh, along with 6% interest, to Bhuvneshwar’s parents.
The compensation would be paid to victim’s mother Sudha Rani (48) and father Ashwani Kumar (49), residents of Nagla village in Dera Bassi. Bhuvneshwar was employed as a sales promoter with a private company based in Ambala.
Based on the statements of the eyewitnesses and postmortem report, the tribunal held the driver guilty of causing death due to negligent driving.
On March 30, 2013, Bhuvneshwar was waiting for a bus at Ambala Cantonment bus stop at about 7:20 pm when a Haryana Roadways bus being driven by Babu Ram hit him. Babu Ram fled the spot after the mishap.
Bhuvneshwar, who had sustained serious injuries, was rushed to the Ambala civil hospital, from where he was referred to PGIMER, Chandigarh, where he succumbed to the injuries on March 31, 2013.
Haryana transport department and New India Assurance Company Limited, while contesting the claim, said that no accident had taken place. Haryana transport department said that the police had falsely implicated the Haryana transport department in connivance with the claimants. Denying the allegations, Babu Ram said that the deceased had tried to board the moving bus and fell off.