On november 13,2009 a retired,Subedar-Major,S K Madav got hit by a trolley from behind while he was on his scooter in Pinjore. His left leg got fractured and was later amputated. Madav was fitted with an artificial leg and on Sunday he arrived on crutches in the Yavanika open air theater to attend the UN world day of remembrance for road traffic victims.
I had come here to share the pain that I had gone through all these years. I want people to follow the traffic rules strictly so that no one suffers, he said.
Madav who is among dozens of accident victims invited by Haryana police to observe the day of remembrance for road traffic victims said that people should understand the value of life.
I suffered because of the fault of another man. I have shown resilience to overcome the tragedy,but I want that people to know the value of being alive, he said.
Besides Madav,41-year-old Harman S Sidhu,the brand ambassador of the Haryana Police on road safety also attended the meet. Confined to a wheelchair,he appeared on the podium with the help of attendants.
I too would have been walking,had I followed road safety rules, he said.
In 1996,Sidhu lost his legs in a road accident in Himachal when his vehicle slipped off the road and fell into a gorge. Sidhu who has under gone over fifty surgeries since then formed an non-government organisation which works for road safety.
Even as I cant stand on my feet,but I wish no one goes through such trauma, he said.
Sushil Kumar,an advocate who lost his memory for five months after a road accident near Dera Bassi in 2005 has been actively working for traffic safety in Haryana.
In 2011,our organisation has shifted 63 road accident victims to hospitals in the golden hour, he said,adding that they had also conducted a survey to find the most accident prone areas in the state.
Director General of Police,Haryana,Ranjiv S Dalal,who was the chief guest at the function said that the police will focus more on bringing down the number of accidents.
We have initiated many steps like creating awareness among masses and enforcement of traffic rules so as to bring down the number of accidents, he said.