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Insurance companies asked to make bus owners pay for deaths

Insurance companies asked to make bus owners pay for deaths

Apnainsurance.com Research Bureau

29 Jul 2008

A Delhi court directed insurance companies to ensure that their owners of the notoriously safety-lax Blueline (private) buses are made liable to pay compensation to accident victims. The court concluded that this directive would make the bus owners realize the agony and sufferings of family members of the accident victims.

According to the court, Blueline buses have been killing people on roads daily. In accident cases, the accused gets bail within a few hours and insurance companies pay compensation to the victims. Meanwhile, the real gainer is always the bus owner who gets his vehicle released and starts plying it again on the roads.

The court passed these observations while dealing with the claim of 70-year-old Munni. Munni's son Deepak Mishra died as he was hit by a Blueline bus being driven recklessly by Narender Kumar at Paharganj on December 23, 2006.

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