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Friday, Dec 13, 2019

Four Mohali men returning from wedding killed in Kaithal mishap

The four friends were returning to Mohali post Saturday midnight when their car rammed into a truck on the Hisar-Kaithal highway

cities Updated: Dec 02, 2019 01:37 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Karnal
The mangled remains of the car.
The mangled remains of the car.(HT PHOTO)
         

Four men returning from a wedding were killed after their car crashed into a moving truck near Keorak village on the Hisar-Kaithal highway in Haryana’s Kaithal district on late Saturday night.

Police said the deceased were identified as Surendra Singh, 48, and Rajendra Pal, 38, both
residents of Kizrabad, Mohali; Ram Singh, 45, of Taranpur village, Mohali; and Bhushan Singh, 33, of Bardar village, Rupnagar. Bhushan was behind the wheel.

The mishap took place when the truck driver suddenly applied brakes, causing the victims’ Maruti Alto to ram into it.

The truck driver fled the scene after the accident.

Mohali police said after information by passers-by, Jind police took the victims to the civil hospital in Kaithal. But they were declared brought dead.

Ram owned a wood-cutting business in Kizrabad, where the other three victims worked for him for the past seven years.

Surendra’s brother Bikram Kumar said the four men were friends for years. Recently, their friend, who lives in Jind, had invited them to his relative’s wedding reception on Saturday. Therefore, the four men left for Jind around 2pm in Ram’s Maruti Alto.

Rajendra’s relative Gurpreet Singh told the police that he received a call from Rajendra around 10pm, informing him that they were leaving from the reception venue, and will reach home by 1am. “However, an hour later, we got a call from the Jind police that their car was involved in an accident,” Gurpreet said.

“Some of us rushed to Kaithal civil hospital. Later, we came to know that they had died on the spot,” he said.

A case under Section 304A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Jind City police station against the driver of the unknown truck. Efforts are being made to trace and arrest the truck driver.

BODIES RETURN HOME

A pall of gloom descended on the three Mohali villages as bodies of the four friends arrived for last rites. Crying relatives and neighbours rushed to the cremation grounds to pay last respects to the deceased. “Can someone bring my son back? Tell him that his mother is waiting for him?” said a wailing 70-year-old Sheela Devi, mother of Surendra.