Kin of Blueline victims seek government accountability

July 24th, 2008 - 5:25 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, July 24 (IANS) An association of family members of Blueline bus victims Thursday decided to appeal to the Delhi High Court for making the state government accountable for the bus accidents. The decision of the Blueline Sufferers Association came a day after the high court rebuked the state government for not distributing Rs.4 million meant for Blueline victims.

“We welcome the court’s order. However, we want the court to make the state government accountable for accidents by Blueline buses,” said Sanjay Kaul, a member of the association.

The association has decided to appeal to amicus curie Anoop Bhambhani in this regard.

“The court fixed the accountability of Blueline operators but the state government has nothing to do with any accidents apart from distributing money,” Kaul said.

The high court has asked Blueline bus owners to form a fund to provide compensation to the families of those killed in accidents. The compensation would be in exchange for the release of impounded buses.

Blueline bus operators have to deposit Rs.1 million to secure release of a vehicle involved in a fatal accident while they have to pay Rs.50,000 for accidents causing serious injuries.

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