Four people were killed and 15 injured in a head-on collision between two private buses, one owned by the ruling Badal family, at Billi Chaharmi village on the Jalandhar-Moga road on Saturday afternoon.
The accident took place when a bus belonging to Orbit Aviation Company (PB-03-AJ-7532), owned by Punjab deputy chief minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, which was on its way from Jalandhar to Muktsar, hit another bus (PB-08-CX-9531), coming from the opposite direction while overtaking. The Pathankot-bound GSK Transport bus was on its way to Moga.
Three of the deceased were identified as Pala Singh of Dharamkot in Moga district and Vinod Kumar of Gopal Nagar in Jalandhar, and Gurbhej Singh of Shahkot. A woman, who is yet to be identified, was also killed in the accident.
The injured were taken to civil hospitals in Nakodar, Shahkot and Jalandhar.
While the driver of the GSK bus, Binder Singh, suffered fractures and has been admitted to a private hospital in the city, the Orbit bus driver reportedly fled the spot. Owner of GSK Transport Kulwinder Singh claimed that the Orbit bus was being driven rashly and its driver tried to overtake a truck and a car when it collided with the GSK bus.
The police took the Orbit bus to the Malsian police station. Local Congress leader Navjot Dahiya, who reached the accident spot, alleged: “Instead of taking the injured to a hospital, an assistant-sub-inspector drove the Orbit bus to the police station.”
Senior superintendent of police (SSP), rural, Harmohan Singh said as per initial reports, the accident took place due to the slippery road.
Malsian police post in-charge Surjit Singh said a case would be registered after recording statements of eyewitnesses and injured. He said the police have impounded both the buses.