A day after three members of a family at Majri village in Panchkula were killed after their car, a Tata Indica, fell into the Bhakra canal on Wednesday evening, hundreds of people gathered at their house to console the lone survivor of the accident and attend the cremation.
Amarjeet Singh ( 58), his wife Gurmeet Kaur (55) and daughter Amandeep Kaur (24) were killed in the mishap on Wednesday, while son Ankush (23) was rescued by locals.
The bodies arrived at the house on Thursday afternoon from Rupnagar after being fished out from the Bhakra canal.
The family had visited Bheora village along with his family to pay obeisance at a Sufi shrine on Wednesday evening and had parked the car near the canal’s bank.
Singh-Bhagwantpura station house officer inspector Dharampal said, “Amarjit Singh had accidentally put the car in the first gear, when he actually wanted to reverse the vehicle. With the accelerator pressed fully, the car plunged into the canal and three members of the family were killed.”
The youngest son of Amarjeet Singh, Avinash, who is a student of hotel management in Gurgaon probably escaped death as he was not at home when the ill-fated trip was planned.
Amarjeet Singh’s joint family had been living in Majri village for the past 15 years.
In the three-storey house, Amarjeet’s younger brother Ashok lives on the first floor.
Former Chandigarh Member of Parliament Pawan Bansal also attended the cremation on Thursday where Ankush lit all the three pyres.