Panchkula: Two 19-year-old boys from Shimla got killed after their Alto car collided with an army truck in Old Panchkula around 5.30am on Monday. The two boys — identified as Neeraj Sharma and Satyam — were going back to Shimla after a two-day sightseeing tour to Chandigarh, while the truck was coming from Kalka towards Chandigarh.
Identified as Sheraf Chonjor, the jawan driving the truck was booked for rash driving and causing death by negligence but was not arrested as he had left the spot and entered the Chandimandir cantonment nearby.
Though the truck hit the car from the side, the impact mangled it badly. Both Neeraj and Satyam died before reaching the Panchkula Sector-6 General Hospital. Eyewitnesses called the cops and assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Gurmail Singh reached the spot to take the victims to the hospital.
During their tour, the boys had brought along an acquaintance whom they had dropped off at a hospital two days ago. Neeraj’s father Kamlesh Sharma said the Alto’s owner, the boys’ friend Arun, was also to come with them for the tour but cancelled his plans. He said the police had informed Arun about the mishap who further told them about the deaths.
Neeraj had recently passed Class 10 and had been helping his father, who is a contractor and transporter, in his business. Satyam’s father runs a tea stall on the Shimla bus stand, it is learnt.
“We are yet to arrest the driver. We have booked him under sections 279 (for rash driving) and 304A (for causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code,” said ASI Gurmail, in charge of the police post, Sector 7, Panchkula. He clarified, “The boys who died were not drunk. That has been confirmed in the post-mortem reports.” The bodies were handed over to the families.
Driver had gone to get doc: Army
Army has denied the theory that rifleman Chonjor was absconding. A senior officer said driver Chonjor and his co-driver Naik Lobzomg Stomba of 2nd Ladakh Scouts had actually left the spot to get the medical officer of the unit; but he was away to the unit location for a test. After that, the officer said, Chonjor went to the cantonment for medical aid for the victims. “But when the two men reached the accident site, the victims had already been taken away,” he claimed.
The unit’s commanding officer, second-in-command and the mechanical transport officer later met ASI Gurmail and were reportedly keen to probe the circumstances.