NEW DELHI: The police across states and UTs had no instant record of the offending vehicle or driver involved in over one-third of all deaths due to negligent driving, according to the the latest report of the National Crime Records Bureau for 2019 released on Tuesday. The data show that 47,530 persons were killed in hit and run cases out of the total 1.37 lakh people who lost their lives in road accidents due to negligent driving.
Hit and run motor accident means an accident involving a vehicle where the identity of the vehicle cannot be ascertained in spite of reasonable efforts.
The data from states compiled in the report ‘Crime in India 2019’ show that the number of such persons killed in hit and run cases was maximum in
at 17,761 followed by 8,225 in
. In Delhi, 737 fatalities were due to hit and run cases and these were nearly 50% of all the road fatalities in the national capital.
Among the 19 big two million-plus cities, while Delhi had the highest number of fatalities due to hit and run, Lucknow and Jaipur had the second and third highest number of such deaths at 380 and 332 respectively. Hyderdabad (279 deaths) and Ghaziabad recorded 274 such fatalities. Mumbai reported 167 such deaths.
The government has increased the compensation for death in a hit and run case to Rs 2 lakh and for the grievous injury at Rs 50,000. Earlier the minimum compensation was Rs 25,000 for death in such cases and in case of grievous injury, it was Rs 12,500. The road transport ministry is working out a proposal to set up a fund to meet this requirement.
The NCRB report dealing with road transport related offences under the IPC also shows that the number of road rage cases during last year was 31 and a maximum of eight of these were reported from Manipur. Delhi had only one such case.