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Punjab minister's security men killed in accident

HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times  Chandigarh, June 13, 2013
First Published: 16:45 IST(13/6/2013) | Last Updated: 21:18 IST(13/6/2013)

Two Punjab police personnel, who were part of Punjab education minister Sikandar Singh Maluka's convoy, were killed in a freak accident near Kundli on national highway-1 of Sonepat district on Thursday.

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The minister, who was in another car trailing the escort vehicle, escaped unhurt.

The deceased have been identified as Harbans Singh, 38, of Moga town and Gurmeet Singh, 41, of Bathinda district of Punjab.

Maluka was on his way to Delhi from Chandigarh when the security officials fell off the police gypsy (pilot) and were run over by an SUV (Duster) coming from the opposite direction.

Police said as it was raining around 9am, when the minister's convoy was heading towards Delhi, the gypsy driver applied sudden brakes near Nathupur village to avoid touching electric cables lurking low on the road.

“After going out of control, the gypsy overturned and the security officials, who were sitting on the back seats, fell on the road and were overrun by an SUV,” a police official said.

SUV owner Vijay Pashi, a resident of Narela of Delhi, and two women also sustained injuries.

Subdivisional magistrate (SDM) Virender Lather and deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Rajinder Singh reached the spot and took the deceased to the Sonepat Civil Hospital for the post-mortem.

Expressing his sorrow over the death of his security men, Maulka said he would ensure all possible help to the families of the deceased.

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