Five members of a family, three women and two children, were killed in a road accident near Daula village on the Bathinda-Malout road on Saturday morning. Two survivors are battling for life.
The mishap occurred around 6:30am reportedly when a nilgai (blue bull) came in front of the car the victims were travelling in and in driver’s attempt to avoid a collision with the animal, the vehicle rammed into an oil tanker coming from the opposite side.
The deceased have been identified as Nirmala Devi (52), her daughter Ritu Rani (26), Ritu’s daughter Naira (2), Nirmala’s daughter-in-law Garima (26) and her son Garnish (2). Garima’s husband Naveen Kumar, who was driving the car, received multiple injuries, and condition of Ritu’s second daughter Eleena (4) is said to be critical.
The family members were returning to their native village, Sadulshahar in Rajasthan, after attending the wedding of Naveen’s sister Anoop Rani in Bathinda.
Balluana police station incharge Balwinder Singh said
The car was badly damaged and it took around one hour for the cops and locals to extricate the bodies. He said all were on-the-spot deaths and injured were rushed to Gidderbaha civil hospital, from where the doctors referred them to a Bathinda hospital.
The driver of the oil tanker fled from the spot leaving the vehicle behind. Police have started inquest proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC as prime facie the tanker driver was not found at fault.