Two minor siblings, cousin crushed to death by car on Kharar-Kurali highway
The victims, all between 8 and 14 yrs, were crossing the highway when the accident took place; unidentified driver bookedpunjab Updated: Jul 09, 2017 23:36 IST
Three children were crushed to death by a recklessly driven car on the Kharar-Kurali highway near Khanpur village in Kharar around 10am on Sunday.
Nikhil, 14, Ritu, 12, and Manvir Kumar, 8, along with their mothers and elder sister was on their way to attend a “satsang” at Mundi Kharar and when they were crossing the highway, a speeding car, coming from the Rupnagar side, ran over them. They were rushed to the Kharar civil hospital where doctors declared them brought dead. The car driver sped away.
While Ritu and Manvir’s father Gurpreet Kumar works at a cloth shop in Kharar, their cousin Nikhil’s father Simarjit Singh is a labourer. The families reside in Bhukhari village of the Kharar block.
Doctors said children died of head injuries and liver of one of the kids was also damaged in the accident.
Kharar deputy superintendent of police (DSP) Deep Kamal Karhail said they were investigating the case. “We are trying to trace the car. We are on the work and the accused will be arrested soon,” he said.
A case under Section 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) has been registered against unidentified person.
Shavi Lal, an eyewitness, who was working in his fields when the accident took place, said the children were crossing the road when a sedan hit them.
TRAGIC SUNDAY FOR MIGRANT FAMILY
The whole world came crashing down around the migrant families that came to Punjab from Jaunpur district in Uttar Pradesh about 15 years ago in search of better living.
Gurpreet, whose two children died in the accident, said: “Our families go for a satsang at Nirankari Ashram in Mundi Kharar every Sunday. My and my brother Samarjit’s family were to visit our relative’s house, which is on the other side of the highway, to take them along to for the satsang. But the fate had something else in store. I have lost everything,” said Gurpreet, unable to hold back his tears.
“A few days ago, we celebrate the 8th birthday of my brother. I never thought it would be our last celebrations,” said Gurpreet’s elder daughter, Khushboo, 17.
Manveer was studying in Class-2 standard at Hemkunt Public School, Kharar, while Ritu was in Class 8 at Government High School, Radiala village, in Kharar. Their cousin, Nikhil, was a student of Class 6 in the same school.
“My sister Ritu and brother Manveer were good in studies and always got good grades,” said Khushboo.
Shell-shocked after losing his son Nikhil, Samarjit Kumar, who was sitting in a corner at the civil hospital, said: “What was my fault? How will I bear this pain?”
Gurpreet had three children and Samarjit four.