Vic­tim’s fam­ily to file court case against BEST for fa­tal ac­ci­dent

DNA (Daily News & Analysis) Mumbai Edition - - FRONT PAGE - Anagha Sawant [email protected]­

Fam­ily mem­bers of San­tacruz res­i­dent Aishwarya Van­jare (17), who met with a road ac­ci­dent after a BEST bus ran over her legs, has now de­cided to file a court case for ac­ci­dent com­pen­sa­tion in or­der to pay bills and bear the other med­i­cal and per­sonal cost of the teenager.

Van­jare re­cov­ered within a few months and started go­ing to col­lege again, how­ever, her bill cost around Rs 20 lakh for two months of med­i­cal treat­ment in a pri­vate hospi­tal. She was dis­charged from the hospi­tal in Au­gust.

Her un­cle Prakash Van­jare, an auto driver, who has been run­ning from pil­lar to post in BEST of­fice to get the com­pen­sa­tion, said, “Last month, I vis­ited the Goregaon BEST bus de­pot where ac­ci­dent claims and com­pen­sa­tion depart­ment func­tions. They told me to sub­mit the orig­i­nal doc­u­ments after which the process would start. It will took at least one year for the process to start and around Rs 40,000 might be com­pen­sated. We are yet to pay her hospi­tal bill of around 20 lakh ru­pees. Rather than wait­ing for a year, we are plan­ning to file a court case against BEST for ac­ci­dents.”

The BEST of­fi­cials stated that they are treat­ing Van­jare’s case as a spe­cial case of com­pen­sa­tion.

Aishwarya Van­jare

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