Road accident case: Victim’s family seeks justice

  • Jatinder Kohli, Hindustan Times, Jalandhar
  • Updated: Oct 12, 2015 23:02 IST
The police have so far failed to trace the car driver even after a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera had captured images of the vehicle and its occupant. (HT Photo)

Members of a migrant family from Bihar are running from pillar to post to get justice in a road accident case in which a car crushed their breadwinner on August 12 this year.

The police have so far failed to trace the car driver even after a closed-circuit television (CCTV) camera had captured images of the vehicle and its occupant.

Surprisingly, the family itself is enquiring about the car driver from nearby areas in the district to establish his identity. As per information, Anirudh Paswan (55) from Nayanpur village in Bihar was living at Nangal Shama village with his wife and three sons.

On August 12, when Anirudh was going to market to buy household items at Nangal Shama Chowk a white speeding car coming from Jandu Singha side ran over him. The car driver took Anirudh to the Johal Hospital in his car and left him outside the hospital premises and fled from there.

The incident was captured in a CCTV camera placed outside the hospital. A man wearing orange turban called a hospital employee to bring the stretcher.

When hospital employees took Anirudh inside, the man fled in his car.

Some cops were also seen in a police control room (PCR) van but they did not offer any help.

“Witnesses told me that my father had already died on the spot but the driver orchestrated a drama and took him to the hospital and fled away,” said Dhruv, who works as vegetable vendor.

“I myself arranged the CCTV footage from the hospital as the police did not help in tracing the car driver. Cops are asking us not to visit the police station claiming nothing would happen in this case,” Dhruv alleged.

He alleged that he met the PCR cops and the hospital security guards shown in the CCTV footage to get the detail of the vehicle registration number. They gave him two numbers PB37-8071 and PB37-F-8801 which are of two-wheelers.

One number was that of a Bajaj Chetak scooter and the second of a Hero Honda Splendor Plus motorcycle in the Phillaur subdivision.

“We are trying to identify the car on our own that car with support of villagers and relatives in the surrounding areas as people on the spot told us that the car driver used to pass from Nangal Shama Chowk in a high speed,” Paswan said, who broke down while revealing incident.

He said that the police cops are not taking the case seriously as they are from Bihar and are poor. He requested the authorities concerned to hand over the case to a senior police official so that the accused could be nabbed.

The Adampur police had registered a case under sections 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) against an unidentified person on August 13.

Adampur station house officer (SHO) Rajiv Kumar said he would discuss the case with investigative officer concerned on Monday and the accused driver will be traced soon. He said special efforts will be made to nab the driver with the help of CCTV footage and justice will be given to Paswan’s family.

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