New Delhi, Feb 2: The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded Rs 1.25 crore compensation to two young boys, who lost their parents and minor sister in a road accident involving a rashly driven truck.
MACT Presiding Officer Raj Kumar Chauhan directed that the amount be paid to the parents and the minor sons of a CRPF constable who was riding a bike, with his wife and nine-year-old daughter sitting pillion, when a rashly driven truck hit them, killing them on the spot.
The MACT directed the National Insurance Company Ltd, the insurer of the offending truck, to pay the amount to the grandparents of the two boys, who were four-year-old and seven-year-old at the time of the accident in 2016, for the kids' education and other expenses.
According to the petition, on December 13, 2016 Raj Kumar was coming to Delhi from Aligarh on a bike with his wife Seema and daughter Ritu (9) while his sons remained in Aligarh with their grandparents.
The incident took place near Kalindi Kunj in south-east Delhi when a truck driven in a rash and negligent manner came from behind and hit them due to which they suffered grievous injuries and died on the spot.
The tribunal decided the petition in their favour while relying on the FIR, charge sheet against the driver under sections 279 (rash driving) and 304A (causing death by negligence), mechanical inspection report of the victim and other documents filed before it. The petitioners, Yad Ram and Bhagwati, claimed that their son was a CRPF constable and their daughter-in-law was a designer who was running a boutique.
During the proceedings, the driver and the owner of the truck as well as the insurance company denied the allegations and blamed the victim of contributory negligence.
The insurance company also blamed the victim for triple riding on the bike, more than the permissible number of riders on a two-wheeler.