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Parents of girl killed in Kangra school bus accident get ₹5-lakh relief

The Motor Accident Claims Tribunal (MACT) awarded a compensation of over Rs 5 lakh to a Kangra-based couple. They lost their seven-year-old daughter in an accident in April 2018.

Seema Devi, 30, and Parveen Kumar, 40, of Ther Fangota village, Kangra district, Himachal Pradesh, filed a complaint against the principal of Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial Public School.

In their petition, they stated on April 9, 2018, their daughter, Ritika Devi, returning home in her school bus. However the vehicle driven at a fast speed and in a rash and negligent manner by driver Madan Lal. Similarly about 30 passengers in the bus. After that Lal lost control of the vehicle as he reached near Cheli Khuther village. It fell into a 250-metre-deep gorge.
Their daughter died in the accident that also claimed the life of the driver.

A case in this regard registered under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code at the Nurpur police station in Kangra district.

After hearing arguments, the tribunal directed both respondents to pay a compensation of Rs 5.05 lakh. This along with 7.5% interest per annum from the date of filing of the petition.

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