Chander Mohan, the father of Karan, one of the three students who were killed in a road mishap late Saturday night, was at the Golden Temple to thank the almighty as his son got the visa to Canada when he was given the tragic news. He left the holy place asking God what did he do to deserve this.
A group of five youths, all below 20, were travelling in a Honda City car when the vehicle rammed into a roadside tree near Khuda Ali Sher, Chandigarh, at about 11pm on Saturday night. They were on their way to Panchkula after attending the festival at PEC University of Technology.
The deceased have been identified as Anish Garg (16), Karan Sharma (19) and Chinmey Walia (18). According to the police, they all belonged to Panchkula. The injured have been identified as Gaurav (17) and Aditya (18), who have been admitted to Fortis hospital in SAS Nagar and PGIMER, Chandigarh, respectively.
Chinmay was perusing engineering from Chandigarh College of Engineering and Technology (CCET) in Sector 26; Aditya and Anish were perusing engineering from Chitkara University. Karan had passed Class 12 and was about to move abroad for study.
Gaurav’s father Suresh Kumar Choudhary said his son, along with his friends, had gone to attend the fest as his sister was a final-year engineering student at PEC. Choudhary is an agriculturist from Jind.
Sector 11 SHO Narinder Patial said Gaurav was stable, while Aditya was still serious and was on ventilator.
According to the police, one of the tyres of the car being driven by Chinmey burst, following which the vehicle went off the road and rammed into a roadside tree. The car belonged to Anish, who was pursuing engineering from Chitkara University and is survived by his mother and elder sister. His father had passed away two years back. He had called his mother to tell her that he would reach home soon. However, the next call his mother received was from the family member of another boy killed in the mishap, telling her that Anish was no more.
Police say the car was at breakneck speed and the impact was so powerful that the car flipped twice in the air before crashing to the ground.
As per the police, Gaurav fell out of the car as the vehicle swerved in the air, while others got stuck inside. A milkman who was passing by the spot informed the police, following which the victims were taken out of the car after breaking open the doors.
The victims were rushed to PGIMER at 11.30 pm, where three were declared dead.
The bodies of Anish and Karan were handed over to the families after autopsy at Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16, on Sunday. The body of Chinmay has been kept in the mortuary of PGI since the family is waiting for his sister to reach the country from abroad.
Karan, according to his family, was to fly to Canada for his higher education in the near future. “He had recently got the visa. He wanted to pursue his higher education overseas and was a goal-oriented child. He never compromised with his studies. We are in shock and still can’t believe that God has been this harsh to us,” said one of the relatives of Karan.
“He turned 19 a few days back and the family was extremely happy with him. His father who works at HAFED in Panchkula was at the Golden Temple to thank the almighty as his son got the visa to Canada,” added the kin.
“They all studied in the Little Flower School in Panchkula till Class 10 and were very close. They were together till death,” said cousin of one of the deceased.
When HT contacted the PEC authorities to know whether or not outsiders were allowed at the fest, they said since it was an inter-college event, around 4,000 students from NITs and several IITs were around. They said there was no restriction on outsiders.