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Amritsar MC orders probe as open manhole claims life; two others injured

punjab Updated: Jul 25, 2012 23:58 IST
HT Correspondent

A manhole allegedly left open by Amritsar MC authorities led to the death of an interior designer Kanika Chugh (27) and left a father-son duo hospitalised with injuries. Both the accidents happened on Albert Road on Tuesday evening.

As per the family of Kanika, she was on way to the interior city area for some work when the mishap occurred. As Kanika reached Albert Road, the front wheel of her scooter hit an open manhole. She fell off her vehicle and received serious head injury. Though Kanika was given first-aid in a nearby private hospital, she succumbed to her injuries.

Even as the incident took place at around 8:30pm on Tuesday, the authorities failed to act. A local resident Sanjeev Khanna, who was going to the railway station with his son Sajesh, met with an accident at the same spot.

Khanna, who received serious head injuries, was admitted to the intensive care unit of a private hospital. His son, too, received a head injury.

'Manhole was not open'
Even though the Amritsar municipal corporation has marked a probe into the matter, MC commissioner Dharampal Gupta claimed that the manhole was not open.

Talking to HT, Gupta said, "Somebody had stolen the lid of the manhole and we had replaced it. But the lid was oversized and a bit raised above the ground. We don't know if the vehicles of the victims struck the same place."

A probe has been marked and the guilty would face action, he added.