Heat wave kills 3 more in Amritsar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Amritsar
  • Updated: Jun 21, 2014 23:31 IST

The relentless heat wave in the region killed three more people in the past 24 hours to take the weather toll to 10 in recent days. Of the latest victims, Hardeep Singh, 45, and Jagmohan Singh, 50, died on the street, while the third fatality, a rickshaw-puller, 40, is yet to be identified.

"Businessman Hardeep Singh of New Tehsilpura was on way to completing an errand when he swooned and fell off his scooter near the bus stand," said assistant sub-inspector Paramjit Singh of the bus stand police post.

"Jagmohan Singh of Habibpura on the Sultanwind road, being deranged, used to roam the streets. He was found dead near Sheran Wala Gate," said police officer Sukhdev Singh of the E-Division station.

Sub-inspector Joginder Singh of the Gate Hakima police Station, who is investigating the death of the rickshaw-puller, said efforts were on to find his family.

In just a few days, the intolerable heat had, earlier, claimed at least seven lives. Amritsar on Saturday recorded a maximum temperature of 42.9 degrees Celsius and a minimum of 28.9°C.

The city received some respite from the heat in the afternoon brief spell of rain. The weather office has predicted partly cloudy sky with possibility of rain or thunderstorm on Sunday.

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