A police constable and a factory worker died and another two were hurt in an accident as a speedy mini truck hit three vehicles at the national highway near Dhandhari flyover on late Sunday.
The constable along with his colleague had reached the spot to investigate an accident where a pick-up auto and a car had collided. He was talking the drivers of the two vehicles when the mini truck hit them.
The driver of the mini truck fled from the spot, leaving his vehicle behind. The Dhandhari police have seized the mini truck and registered a case of causing death due to negligence and reckless driving against unidentified driver of the mini truck.
The deceased have been identified as constable Manjit Singh (29) and factory worker Abhishek Kumar (25). Another cop on PCR motorcycle, head constable Manjit Raj, driver of pick-up auto Anshu (28) and his assistant Rajesh Kumar have suffered injuries. Anshu has been admitted to Christian Medical College (CMC) Hospital, while his assistant Rajesh Kumar and head constable Manjit Raj have been discharged immediately after administrating first aid.
According to ASI Dharminder Singh, incharge at police post Dhandhari said Abhishek Kumar, who is foreman at an acrylic factory in Kanganwal, along with pick-up auto driver Anshu and Rajesh Kumar, was going to railway station to pick labourers in their pick up auto.
As they reached near Dhandhari flyover, the auto has collided with a car and the car driver indulged in a brawl with them. The car driver has made a call to control room in this context and filed a complaint. Following his complaint, constable Manjit Singh and head constable Manjit Raj mounting on PCR motorcycle squad number 28, reached on the spot and initiated investigation.
They were talking to factory worker and car driver when a speedy mini truck coming from Sahnewal hit the auto, car and PCR motorcycle. In the incident constable Manjit Singh died at the spot, while Abhishek Kumar died during treatment at hospital. The car driver escaped unhurt, while three others suffered injuries.
The ASI said the police have launched a manhunt for the arrest of the accused.
Manjit Singh had got his job in the police department on compensatory grounds as his father, head constable Gurdyal Singh had died on duty around two years ago.