In an early morning accident, two occupants of an auto-rickshaw were killed and three others injured when a rashly-driven car (a Hyundai Verna with registration number PB-12S-5912) rammed into the vehicle at the Shastri Nagar light point near Manimajra at around 6.55 am on Sunday.
The car driver and his co-passenger fled the spot, leaving their car behind.
The sequence of events
The auto-rickshaw driver was heading towards Manimajra and was ferrying four passengers. A black Verna coming from the IT Park side rammed into the vehicle. The car also rammed into the divider, breaking the pole.
The two killed have been identified as auto driver Mahinder Singh (45), a resident of Railway Colony, Chandigarh, and a passenger Rohit Thakur (21). The injured have been identified as Satish Kumar (21), Ashish (19) and Rameshwar (60).
Rohit, a native of Kangra, was killed on the spot and his body was found lying in a pool of blood.
He was declared brought dead at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), here, while the auto driver Mahinder Singh succumbed to injuries.
Police sources said, one of the injured, Satish, who suffered head injuries, is critical. They added the car was coming at a high-speed and the auto was completely damaged.
Manimajra SHO Charanjeet Singh Virk said, “The deceased Rohit and his two friends Satish and Ashish worked at a restaurant in Sector 26 and were on their way back to their rented accommodation. Rameshwar, whose particulars have not been traced yet, had boarded the auto from the Transport Chowk.
Auto driver Mahinder worked as a security guard at a Panchkula factory and used to take up auto driving as a part-time vocation.
A case under Sections 304A (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) and 279 (rash and negligent driving) of the Indian Penal Code has been registered.
Later, the police discovered that the car was registered in name of Iqbal Singh, a resident of Ropar.
It has also been learnt that the car was being driven by Kuldeep Singh, a resident of Hisar.