Street racing claims lives of two friends in Sarabha Nagar

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Oct 27, 2014 17:30 IST

Speeding claimed the lives of two youths, while their friend, who was driving the BMW, had a miraculous escape after the car rammed into roadside trees in the residential area of Sarabha Nagar on the intervening night of Saturday and Sunday.The deceased have been identified as Gagandeep Sharma, 26, of Bhai Randhir Singh Nagar, and Rajat Dua, 24, of Satjot Nagar of Dugri. The survivor is Atul Bansal, 26, of Ferozepur road. Having suffered only minor injuries, Atul was discharged from the hospital after first aid.

According to police, the three friends were going towards Ferozepur Road from municipal corporation Zone-D office in Atul’s BMW 320i car that was racing at 120km per hour in an area where the speed limit is up to 50km per hour.As the speeding car reached near Bal Bhawan, Atul lost control at a steep turn and rammed the car into roadside trees. Such was the impact of the collision that the BMW split into two parts, killing Rajat and mutilating his body. A lucky Atul fell out of the car and escaped with minor injuries.

On hearing the sound of the crash, locals came out of their houses and initiated rescue after informing the police. Gagandeep was rushed to the hospital, but he succumbed to his injuries on the way.
A hospital, Bal Bhawan — an orphanage, an old-age home, besides the house of former minister Malkeet Singh Birmi is located on the road where the mishap took place.

While Gagandeep was a sales manager at Hotel Park Plaza, Rajat was taking care of his family’s cycle parts business. Atul helps his father run their sanitary store on Ferozepur Road. The three were childhood friends.Inspector Amrinder Singh, station house officer (SHO) at Sarabha Nagar police station, said the driver lost control over the car that caused the fatal accident. A case under section 174 of the Code of Criminal Procedure has been registered.

Tragedy in the waiting?

One of the deceased, Gagandeep Sharma, had been summoned home by his sister on Saturday night. But he rejoined his friends soon after, minutes before his death.
Gagandeep’s sister Megha Sharma, along with her children, had come to her paternal house to celebrate Bhai Dooj. Gagandeep had bought the children some videogames on the occasion. Later in the day, Atul and Rajat came to meet him, and after a short chit chat they left the house in Atul’s BMW car.

On Saturday night, as one of the videogames developed a glitch, Megha called Gagandeep to return it to the shopkeeper, following which the latter returned home and repaired the game. But, as luck would have it, instead of staying back home, Gagandeep again left with his friends, and the trio met with an accident a few minutes later at Sarabha Nagar.

Gagandeep’s father Ashok Sharma runs a hosiery unit, while his mother Renu Sharma is a banker. One of his family friends, Suresh Kumar Batra, said Gagandeep had completed his hotel management degree from Australia around two years ago and wished to go abroad again for higher studies.

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