In contrast to the general perception, police have concluded that Gurinder Singh, 25, who got killed on Thursday evening after a car plunged into Sidhwan Canal, was not behind the wheels.
Gurinder had died on the spot and his friends Karam Singh and Karan Khajura had survived with injuries.
Police said the car was being driven by Karam Singh, who has been booked under Sections 279 (reckless driving) and 304-A (causing death due to negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Police said all the three were in an inebriated state and the car was speeding.
Apprehending a police case, Karam allegedly had asked Karan tell the police that Gurinder was driving the car. Mullanpur station house officer (SHO) inspector Amarjit Singh said Karam had tried to misguide the police by claiming that Gurinder was driving the car and he lost control over the vehicle after hitting a hump on the road near Jhammat village.
However, divers found Gurinder’s body on the seat next to the driver seat with belt fastened, which had to be cut off to remove the body.
“Had he been driving Gurinder’s body should have been on the driver’s seat. So, we concluded that his friends, especially the one who was driving the car, were lying to save themselves,” said the SHO.
“We booked Karam Singh on Friday. The police will also involve Khajura during investigations if needed,” he said.
The SHO said Gurinder did not go to college and joined Karam and Karan for a drinking session near Jhammat Bridge.
The trio then moved towards Guru Nanak Dev Homeopathic College to drop Gurinder there, but they changed their mind on the way and returned and met with the mishap.
A brother, son, friend lost in Gurinder
Gurinder Singh is survived by two sisters, both married, and mother. His father had died a few years ago. His mother was too devastated to come even to the civil hospital to receive her son’s body.
Friends and relatives of Gurinder said he was a second-year student of homoeopathy at Guru Nanak Dev Homeopathic College.
Gurinder’s friend Navjot Singh said they got the tragic news from Karan, who was occupying the same car Gurinder was in when the mishap took place, over the phone. He said Gurinder loved spending time with friends.