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Tragedy: Four lives snuffed out in hit and run mishaps in Mohali

Investigating officer ASI Ajit Singh said the duo was on their way to Rajpura, when an oncoming truck collided with their car head on near Chhatt village traffic lights.

punjab Updated: Feb 19, 2018 12:40 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, Mohali
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(Left) Mangled remains of the Hyundai Santro after it collided with a truck on Zirakpur-Patiala road.(HT )

Two cloth traders from Punjab were killed after a truck rammed head on into their Hyundai Santro on the Zirakpur-Patiala road on late Saturday night.

The victims were identified as Vineet Dhir, 36, a native of Ludhiana, and Manish Kumar, 33, who hailed from Amritsar. Dhir lived in a rented accommodation at Royal Estate Society, Zirakpur, while Kumar was a resident of Logarh village, near Zirakpur. They were in the business of sale and purchase of cloth for a private company.

Investigating officer ASI Ajit Singh said the duo was on their way to Rajpura, when an oncoming truck collided with their car head on near Chhatt village traffic lights.

“The impact of the crash left the vehicle badly mangled. Rescuers had to toil hard to pull the victims out. They were rushed to the Dera Bassi civil hospital where doctors declared them brought dead,” the ASI added.

Onlookers said the Santro and the truck were both being driven at a high speed, and drivers of neither could avoid a collision. The truck driver, who remains unidentified, fled the spot with the vehicle after the accident.

He has been booked under Sections 304A (causing death by negligence) and 279 (rash driving) of the Indian Penal Code. The bodies were handed over to the victims’ kin after post-mortem examination.

The inconsolable father of one of the victims at the Dera Bassi civil hospital on Sunday. (HT Photo)

Answering nature’s call proves fatal for Barnala youth

Answering nature’s call on the roadside proved fatal for a 20-year-old Barnala man, who was killed after being hit by a truck at Khanpur, Kharar, on Saturday night.

Police said the victim, Paryanshu Mittal, was pursuing bachelors in arts at SD College, Barnala. He is the son of a Barnala-based jeweller.

Mittal and his friends Parteek Garg, Parag Mittal and Sachin were on their way to Kharar on Saturday for Sachin’s birthday. “After celebrating the birthday on NH-21, they proceeded to Amayra Greens City, Kharar, in a Mahindra Bolero. On reaching Khanpur in Kharar, they stopped by the roadside to relieve themselves,” the police said.

One of his friends said Mittal was standing behind his SUV to answer the nature’s call, when a truck suddenly crashed into his vehicle from the rear.

Forgetting that Mittal was left behind , the panicked youths quickly got into the SUV and drove away, until the driver of another car approached them on the road, and informed them that one of their friends was hit by the truck and lying on the road.

The police said by the time his friends returned to the accident spot, Mittal had been rushed to Kharar civil hospital. Doctors attending to him there referred him to Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), where he succumbed to injuries on the head and legs.

A case under Sections 304A (causing death by negligence), 279 (rash driving) and 427 (mischief causing damage to the amount of fifty rupees) was registered against the unidentified truck driver on Parteek’s statement.

Car claims cyclist’s life

A 53-year-old security guard was killed after a car hit his bicycle from the rear on Landran road on Sunday morning. Police said the deceased had been identified as Dilbagh Singh, a native of Morinda, Punjab.

Sohana station house officer(SHO) Manjit Singh said, “The accident took place around 7:30am. Dilbagh was on his way on a cycle, when a speeding car allegedly hit him from behind, and drove away. The car number was traced to a taxi driver.” A case of causing death by negligence and rash driving has been registered against the accused car driver.

First Published: Feb 19, 2018 12:39 IST