President of Chandigarh Youth Congress Maninder Singh Dhillon (32), a resident of Manimajra, was killed in a road accident near Herbetpur town in Dehradun district of Uttarakhand on Friday morning. Investigating officer Rajender Rutela of Sahaspur police station told HT that Dhillon, who was alone, lost control of the Toyota Etios he was driving on a turn near Herbetpur town around 10.40am.
“The car rammed into a pile of bricks. The air bags of the car did open, but they burst before impact. Onlookers have told us that the car was speeding,” Rutela said, adding that Dhillon rushed to the civil hospital in Vikas Nagar where doctors declared him brought dead.
Rutela added that the body had been handed over to the family members after post-mortem. No case has been registered, he added.
Dhillon, an arts graduate from SD College, Sector 32, had joined the Congress in 2008 and had been holding the post of the president of Chandigarh Youth Congress since December 2012. The only son of his parents, Dhillon is survived by parents, wife and two children.
His wife and mother were informed late on Friday evening. The body has been kept at the mortuary of a private hospital in SAS Nagar. Family sources said no decision had been taken on cremation, as the sister of Dhillon was in the US.
President of Indian Youth Congress Amarinder Singh Raja Warring has also expressed grief over the untimely demise. Punjab Youth Congress president Amarpreet Singh Lally has also expressed his condolences. Uttarakhand Congress spokesperson Mathura Dutt Joshi has said, “In these difficult times, we are with the family of our colleague.”
Chandigarh Congress chief Pradeep Chhabra, who introduced Dhillon to politics, has also expressed grief at the untimely demise. “We have lost a young energetic leader who played a vital role in strengthening the party,” he said.
Congress vice-president Rahul Gandhi also issued a statement, “My heartfelt condolences to the bereaved family. His loss would be felt by the Congress party.”