Four pilgrims, including three members of a cop’s family, all from Dhaliwal Dona village in Kapurthala district, were killed in a bus-car collision on Thursday morning at Bura Gujjar village on the Ferozepur road near Muktsar.
They were on their way to Hanumangarh in Rajasthan when the bus coming on at rash speed crashed head-on into their Tata Indigo car, which the eyewitnesses say was also going fast and trying to overtake a truck. Punjab Police constable Bachan Singh (48); his daughter, Manpreet Kaur (23), and his neighbour, Baksho (55) were killed on the spot. The policeman’s son-in-law, Raj Kumar (25), a labourer, died at Guru Gobind Singh Medical College in Faridkot.
Bachan Singh’s wife, Jaspal Kaur (45); his grandson, Yuvraj Kumar (2); and his neighbour’s son, Harjinder Singh, sustained severe injuries. Jaspal Kaur and Harjinder Singh were moved to the Faridkot medical college from Mukatsar Civil Hospital, while Yuvraj was discharged after treatment.
After the accident, bus driver Gurpreet Singh abandoned the vehicle and fled, leaving the passengers behind, some of them with minor injuries. Conductor Amritpal Singh, who was among the injured, was moved to the Muktsar Civil Hospital.
A case under Sections 304-A (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving on a public way), 337 (causing injuries by endangering the personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous injuries by endangering the personal safety of others) and 427 (mischief causing a petty amount of damage) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the bus driver at the Sadar police station in Muktsar, investigating officer Satwant Singh has confirmed.
Around 4.30am on Thursday, the cop’s family and neighbours had started for Peeran Di Dargah pilgrim spot at Hanumangarh, Rajasthan. Around 7.15am, the cop’s daughter, Kamalpreet Kaur, and her brother received the accident’s news at home.