Two girls among three killed in road mishaps on Pakhowal Road

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Ludhiana
  • Updated: Dec 24, 2015 21:41 IST

Three people, including two girls, lost their lives in two road mishaps on Thursday. Shockingly, both the mishaps occurred near Phullanwal Chowk on Pakhowal Road.

Passersby told that area was accident prone and mishaps were a routine affair here.

In first incident, Manoj Kumar Sharma, 32, of Harpreet Colony was mowed down by a speeding tractor-trolley near Pakhowal Chowk on Thursday morning. Manoj, a blacksmith by profession, was going towards Pakhowal road on his scooter. As he reached near Pakhowal chowk, a tractor-trolley laden with fodder hit him leaving him injured. The driver of tractor trolley tried to flee, but passersby nabbed him and handed him over to the police.

Manoj was rushed to hospital, but he died on the way.

Sadar police have registered a case of causing death due to negligence against the accused identified as Gurpreet Singh.

After the incident, road was cleared and traffic was resumed.

Hours after the road mishap, a speeding truck killed two girls at the same point. The deceased have been identified as Smriti Gupta, 19, of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Nagar and her friend Ritika Arora, 18. Both of them were students of BA first year.

They were going home from tuition classes on a scooter in the evening. Smriti was driving the scooter, while Ritika was sitting behind her. As they reached Pakhowal road near Phullanwal chowk, a speeding truck mowed them down to death. After the incident, the truck driver fled from the spot. The Sadar police reached the spot and initiated investigation. Assistant sub-inspector (ASI) Jasbir Singh said, “The police launched a manhunt for the arrest of the accused.”

The locals said if the police have made arrangements at the point to control the traffic, lives of the girls could have been saved.

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