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MACT awards Rs 16.43 lakh to kin of grocery shop owner

MACT awards Rs 16.43 lakh to kin of grocery shop owner

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, June 12

The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) has awarded a compensation of Rs 16.43 lakh to the family of a grocery shop owner, who died in an accident.

Narinder Dhiman, a resident of Sector 62, Mohali, died in a motor vehicular accident. His family members claiming themselves to be his only legal heir had invoked the provisions of Section 166 of the Motor Vehicles Act, 1988, by way of an application to claim compensation amounting to Rs 35 lakh. It was stated in the application that the deceased was running grocery shop in Phase 11, Mohali, and earning Rs 15,000 per month from that occupation.

The claim petition mentioned that on January 8, 2017, Dhiman was coming from Amritsar to Chandigarh in a Swift car, which was being driven by Anand Kaushal, at very high speed and in rash and negligent manner.

It was stated that about 1.30 pm, when they reached the Ludhiana-Chandigarh GT Road near LCET College, Katani Kalan, Punjab, a stray dog suddenly came in front of the car. The driver in order save the dog applied brakes, but the car developed some mechanical snag due to which he lost control over the vehicle and its left rear door hit against a tree. As a result of the accident, all occupants of the offending vehicle suffered multiple injuries.

Naresh Kumar and Narinder Dhiman, who were sitting on the back seat of the offending vehicle, suffered fatal injuries in the accident. It was stated that the accident took place due to rash and negligent driving of the driver of the offending vehicle.

After hearing the arguments, the Tribunal awarded Rs 16,42,800 to family members of the deceased and directed the driver and owner of the car along with the insurance firm New India Assurance Company Limited to jointly indemnify the same amount to the family of the deceased.

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