79 accused booked in road mishaps untraceable since 2014
The grief-stricken Paramjeet Kaur, 50, of Amrit Vihar colony, lost her younger son Sarbjit, 26, in a road accident. The accident took place at Jalandhar-Amritsar highway on March 13 this year. But, she does not know about the accused driver, who killed him.punjab Updated: Oct 28, 2016 14:31 IST
The grief-stricken Paramjeet Kaur, 50, of Amrit Vihar colony, lost her younger son Sarbjit, 26, in a road accident. The accident took place at Jalandhar-Amritsar highway on March 13 this year. But, she does not know about the accused driver, who killed him.
Sarabjit’s family is among many such road mishap cases from the city where families have no information about the perpetrators. HT collected the information under Right to Information Act 2005 from the city police.
As per the information the city police have failed to trace the accused in 79 cases since 2014. Kaur is battling depression after Sarabjit’s death.
“A day before his death, I had lost my uncle in Jagroan,” said Kaur. The family had gone there to attend the cremation there when an unknown vehicle crushed Sarbjit to death while he was coming back from his duty.
“We got the information on March 14 about his death,” grieved Kaur.
Someone from the locality had identified his badly mutilated body from slippers and clothes,” Kaur told while bursting into tears.
“I was not even able to see my son’s face as the body was in pieces due to vehicles crossing over his body throughout the night,” Kaur said.
We were planning for his marriage before the week he died but destiny had different plans for him said Sarabjit’s uncle Sukhdev Singh. The police registered FIR against unidentified persons but are still to make any headway in the case, he said.
Since then seven months have passed, we have lost hopes that of accused being traced by police, claimed Singh.
Another such incident where in Dharam Chand, 70, of Vadda Saipur locality, was crushed to death by a speeding truck on November 27, 2015, near Kalia Colony on the JalandharAmritsar highway.
After being hit when he fell from the highway on the service lane, heavy vehicles crossed over his body.
After getting information about the mishap, Chand’s son Rakesh Kumar, rushed to the spot and collected pieces of the body in a bed sheet. Yet again a case was registered against unknown persons.
It is sad that the accused in untraceable and cops have not done any investigation claiming lack of evidence, said Rakesh Kumar.
Both the families were not aware of the Victim Compensation scheme under which they can get `1 lakh as compensation from the government by simply filling an application with district legal service authorities.
Deputy commissioner of police (DCP) Harjit Singh said he will look into these cases and instructions will be issued to the concerned people.
He said sometimes, probe gets delayed due to certain reasons but we will try our best to arrest the accused.
“Our priority in such cases is to trace the accused drivers and arrest the accused after following leads” added deputy commissioner of police.