A 21-year-old engineering student was killed, while his friends, including two girls, suffered injuries, after their Maruti Swift car collided with a private bus at Dholewala Chowk in phase-1, SAS Nagar in wee hours on Sunday.
Investigating officer, Jaspal Singh said, the deceased identified as Gursimrat Singh, was coming from phase-1 and was on his way to Zirakpur at around 2.15 am, when their car collided with a private bus bearing Jammu and Kashmir registration number. The injured were rushed to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), where their condition is stated to be critical.
Gursimrat Singh was driving the car and his friend Ashish Kumar was sitting next to him, while the girls-Shabnam and Anjana- were seated on the backseat. All occupants of the cars were engineering students of Rayat and Bahra University in Kharar. Gursimrat Singh, who was also rushed to PGIMER, was declared brought dead. Gursimrat, a native of Jethi Nagar of Khanna in Ludhiana district, was staying at a rented accommodation in Zirakpur.
The deceased’s father Avatar Singh, in his statement to the police, said he was only the son and had two sisters, who are married. He was good in studies and was pursuing civil engineering (first year) from the university. We had high hopes from him, the father said.
Soon, after the incident, the bus driver fled from the scene leaving the bus. We have registered a case against the bus driver under Section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 338 (causing grievous hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 427 (mischief causing damage) of Indian Penal (Code IPC). After the postmortem, the body has been handed over,” said the IO.