Ten pilgrims were killed and seven injured when a vehicle they were travelling in rammed into a stationary truck on the Mehta-Amritsar road near Mattewal, 25km from Amritsar, in the wee hours of Sunday.
The pilgrims were on their way to pay obeisance at the Golden Temple in a Mahindra Bolero Camper when the fatal crash took place.
The deceased were identified as Narinder Pal Kaur (40), Baljinder Kaur (40), Supreet Kaur (13), Tarsem Singh (60), Malkeet Singh (20), Jaswant Singh (50), Amarjit Singh (60), Amrik Singh and Jaskaran Kaur (13), all residents of Ammo Nangal village in Batala. One of the deceased is yet to be identified. The injured were rushed to the Sri Guru Ram Dass Charitable Hospital, Amritsar.
Villagers told HT that that Amrik Singh, who was behind the wheel, used to take the villagers to the Golden Temple every Sunday free of cost for the past many years.
Amritsar (rural) senior superintendent of police (SSP) Jasdeep Singh said: “The police have registered a case against the truck driver who is on the run.”
Locals claimed that the truck was parked on the narrow road since Saturday and it had no reflectors.
Meanwhile, Gurdaspur deputy commissioner Pardeep Sabharwal met the injured and said the government had announced a relief of `1 lakh each to the kin of the deceased.