Retired cop, son killed as car falls into Patiala canal

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times
  • Updated: Apr 23, 2016 09:43 IST
Rescue team pulling out the vehicle which had fallen into Bhakra Main canalnear Patiala on Wednesday. (Bharat Bhushan/HT)

A retired police officer and his son were killed after their car fell off a bridge into the Bhakra canal on Tuesday afternoon near Jaura Majra village in Ghagga subdivision, 40 kilometres from here.

The accident came to light a day later during the search operation that their family had started on Tuesday night with the help of local police. Victims Hazura Singh (62) and Gurpreet Singh (33) were from Bajwa Colony here. “It is strange that the villagers who say they witnessed the accident didn’t inform police,” said investigation officer Surinder Pal Singh.

Emergency divers recovered Gurpreet’s body along with the victims’ Mahindra Scorpio car. The search for Hazura’s body is still on. Gurpreet’s body was sent for autopsy after his family identified it.

Foul play not ruled out

Speeding might have caused the accident, as the preliminary inquiry suggests that the car fell off on just entering the bridge, but police also don’t rule out foul play, since the retired cop and his son were on a business trip in the area and collected a payment on the way.

Their family said they had left for Ghagga on Tuesday to look at a commercial property for purchase. A family friend said it was hard to believe that the car had skidded off the bridge in broad daylight but no one had attempted a rescue or informed the cops.

Victim Hazura Singh, survived by his wife, retired as a station house officer (SHO) in 2011. Recently, he was elected sarpanch of Ahliwal village on the Patiala-Devigarh road. Gurpeet Singh, his only son, had married a few years ago. His wife and two children survive in his family. The victims were relatives of local Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) councillor Malwinder Singh. Mayor Amarinder Singh Bajaj expressed grief over the incident.

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