A man died while eight other people, including three women and two children, were injured after a speeding car coming from the wrong side hit the auto-rickshaw they were travelling in near Gumtala bypass late on Monday night.
The victims, all residents of Civil Colony near the Amritsar international airport, had hired the
three-wheeler to reach the Amritsar railway station at around 11pm. They were to board a train at 12am to visit a temple at Jammu.
When the auto reached Gumtala bypass, the auto operator saw two cars coming from the opposite site, one on the wrong side of the road. Both were being driven rashly, said witnesses.
Although the auto operator stopped his vehicle and parked it on the side, a Skoda car, which was on the wrong side and bearing the registration number of Chandigarh, hit it head-on.
Both the vehicles were damaged badly. Passers-by gathered at the spot and managed to
nab one of the car occupants while the driver and others managed to flee, leaving behind the car (No. CH 01 AT 7161), said Vijay, victims’ neighbour.
The injured were rushed to Amandeep Hospital, where one of them, Deepak, 34, died. His wife, Chandni, and daughter Khushi, 3, were also injured in the mishap. Chandni is reported to be serious. The man nabbed on the spot was handed over to cops, who reached the spot after some time. He has been detained at the Civil Lines police station. During interrogation, he is reported to have named other occupants of the car.
Sources in police said some bottles of liquor were also recovered from the car. After registering a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code, the police have started searching for the remaining accused. Victims’ kin also staged a brief protest outside Amandeep Hospital seeking strict action against the accused.