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A Motor Accident Claims Tribunal here has awarded over Rs eight lakh to the relatives of a 59- year-old man who died after being hit by a rashly driven motorcycle in August 2011.

The tribunal, presided by Sanjeev Kumar Singh, asked The New India Assurance Company Ltd, insurer of the offending motorcycle, to pay Rs 8,07,994 to the family of Delhi resident Dara Singh.

“After considering all the documents filed by petitioners as a whole, it is clear that respondent No 1 (driver) was driving the vehicle in a rash and negligent manner,” the tribunal said.

“I hereby award a sum of Rs 8,07,994 in favour of the petitioners and against the respondents,” the judge said, while directing the insurance firm to pay the money.

According to the family members of the victim, in August 2011 Dara was waiting for a bus near ITO here when a motorcycle, which was being driven in a negligent manner, hit him after jumping the traffic signal.

Due to the impact of accident, Dara fell down on the road and received multiple grievous injuries after which he was rushed to a nearby hospital, they said.

Dara was discharged from the hospital on the next day but soon he had to be admitted to another hospital due to some complications, the petitioners said, adding Dara died while undergoing treatment there on September 5, 2011.

During the adjudication of the petition, the driver of the two wheeler denied that he was riding the motorcycle in a rash and negligent manner.

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