Punjab Minister and senior Akali leader Kanwaljit Singh was on Sunday killed when two trucks crashed into the car in which he was travelling in Kharar near Chandigarh.
The 67-year-old general secretary of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab, who was critically injured in the mishap, died at PGIMER in Chandigarh, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal's Media Advisor Harcharan Singh Bains said.
Punjab Government has ordered an inquiry into incident, Bains told reporters outside the hospital, adding the state government had declared a holiday on Monday. Kanwaljit, SAD MLA from Banur and Minister of Cooperation in Badal Ministry, was returning to Chandigarh from Ludhiana when his private car was first hit by a truck near a T-point on Kharar on Ropar road in Khanpur village.
"The impact of the first hit by the dumper-truck was so severe that the car turned in the opposite direction and collided head-on with another truck after which the car turned turtle," Kharar city's Station House Officer Dalbir Singh said.
After the accident, Kanwaljit was first taken to civil hospital at Kharar from where he was rushed to PGIMER here in a critical condition. The Akali leader was a three time Minister, his first stint being as State Home Minister in the then S S Barnala Ministry in the 1980s.