Four labourers from Rajasthan and one from Uttar Pradesh were killed and three others injured after a drunken truck driver ran them over in their sleep with his vehicle (HR37B3415) near the Transport Light Point, Sector 26, around 1am on Monday.
Some of the labourers had entered into a scuffle with the yet-to-be unidentified driver when they objected to his urinating near a place they were having dinner at around 9pm on Sunday, the police said.
“Of the five killed, four are from Rajasthan and sold vegetables at the Sector-26 grain market. Prima facie, it seems that they were not the ones that the driver had quarreled with a few hours earlier. They died on the spot after their heads were crushed. The fifth deceased is from Uttar Pradesh. His chest is crushed and he succumbed to his injuries at the PGI,” a police official said.
Mandeep (32) and Jagdish (34) are among the dead. Two of the deceased from Rajasthan are yet to be identified. Harinder Yadav from UP is also among the deceased. The injured have been identified as Kamresh (40), Raghav (25) and Upinder (30) and have been admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32.
Ajit Singh, a mechanic in the area, who witnessed the scuffle at 9pm on Sunday, said, “At dinner time, the truck driver was having drinks in his vehicle and urinated near a place where the labourers were having dinner. This led to a scuffle after labourers from UP objected.”
Assistant superintendent of police Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said, “We are recording the statements of the injured to know the exact sequence of events leading to the truck running the labourers over. The driver, who has been booked under Section 304 (culpable homicide not amounting to murder) of the IPC, is absconding. The helper with the truck Ajay Kumar, has been arrested and the truck has been impounded at the Sector 26 police station.”He added that the police had contacted several transport company owners and raids were on to nab the accused driver.