Six persons, including two sisters, were killed in a road accident on National Highway-10 near Rathrian village, about 3 km from Malout town of Muktsar district, on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.
The mishap occurred when the driver of a Swift car (HR-06-V-2932) lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into a tree. Seven members of two Panipat-based families were travelling in the car, besides a relative. The deceased were identified as Gaurav Khurana, 34; his wife Silky Khurana, 31; their one-year-old daughter Gungun Khurana; Silky’s sister Preeti, 30; her son Partaksh, 4; and Gaurav’s cousin Anmol Narang, 23.
Gaurav’s son Yash Khurana, 6, and Preeti’s husband Kamaldeep Chawla, 32, were injured in the accident.
The car was reportedly being driven by Gaurav, who ran a handloom business in Panipat. Kamaldeep, who is working as an engineer with an oil company in Panipat, hails from Karanpur (Rajasthan).
Five persons died on the spot, while Anmol was rushed to a hospital in Bathinda, where he succumbed to his injuries.
The families were on their way to Ganganagar (Rajasthan), the native place of sisters Silky and Preeti, when tragedy struck.
“We have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC),” said Iqbal Singh, station house officer, city police station, Malout.
The bodies were handed over to the relatives after a postmortem.