BENGALURU: The BBMP has withheld compensation to the family of a man who died in a rain-related accident, due to claims by multiple members.Jagadish died on September 6 after a tree fell on the car on Dispensary Road off JC Road. His brother Ramesh (42) and sister-in-law Bharati (38) also died in the mishap.
Following the incident, and subsequent claims for compensation by family members of the deceased, BBMP Commissioner Manjunath Prasad and Mayor Padmavathi G had agreed to pay compensation of `5 lakh to two families affected by rain-related accidents. They were also promised a government job each to one family member. The other victim was Jayprakash (18), who was washed away in a drain on September 12 . Relief of `5 lakh was credited into the bank account of Jayprakash’s mother on Saturday as compensation.
In the days following the incident, the BBMP gave Jagadish’s wife Roopa a cheque of `5 lakh, but the cheque bounced. However, Mayor Padmavathi clarified that the cheque had been blocked on BBMP’s instructions as Jagadish’s parents too had laid claim on the compensation.
The mayor said, “As soon as we gave Roopa the cheque, Jagadish’s parents, who are in their 80s, arrived at the office. Staking claim to the compensation, they screamed and collapsed on the floor. So we contacted Roopa and requested her to give the parents Rs 1 lakh out of Rs 5 lakh. But Roopa refused, and we blocked the cheque. We have called Roopa and Jagadish’s parents to try to resolve the issue on Wednesday.”She added that in case Roopa does not agree, she will be paid `5 lakh and BBMP will try to arrange for `1 lakh for the parents. Roopa has three daughters with Jagadish.