New Delhi:  A compensation of over Rs 26 lakh has been awarded by a Delhi court to the grieved family whose breadwinner was crushed to death with his daughter by a DTC bus two years ago near Nand Nagri.

“There is sufficient evidence for the purposes of this Tribunal to hold that Balraj (man) and Shweta (daughter) died and Alka (daughter) received injuries in the accident which took place due to the involvement of DTC bus, which the driver was driving in a rash and negligent manner”, Additional District Judge (ADJ) Reetesh Singh said, while awarding the damages to the family.

The court awarded Rs 26, 07,488 to the family members of deceased Balraj Singh, who died along with his daughter Shweta while another daughter Alka sustained injuries in the accident.

According to the prosecution, the incident took place on February 9, 2009 when Balraj, a resident of Ghonda area of north-east Delhi, was riding his Eterno scooter with his two daughters Shweta and Alka as pillions.

As they reached Wazirabad road near Nand Nagri bus depot, a DTC bus hit the scooter at its rear. While Balraj and Shweta died on the spot, Alka received serious injuries.

The court asked United India Insurance Company Ltd to pay Rs 22,22,488 for the death of Balraj, Rs 3,75,000 for the death of Shweta and Rs 10,000 as medical expenses for the injuries Alka received.

Balraj, 39, survived by his wife, mother and five minor children, was working as a school attendant in a MCD primary school and was earning Rs 12,570 as monthly salary while Shweta, 14, was studying in class 8.
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The bus driver Phool Singh and Delhi Transport Corporation, in their defense, denied the involvement of DTC bus in the accident.

On the other hand, they said that accident occurred due to a dumper and Phool Singh who was present there at the time of incident and he had made a PCR call at 100 number. The court, however, did not accept their statement.

(Agencies)