Out for birthday bash, two friends killed in Chandigarh accident
Police suspect that the car was being driven at a high speed, due to which the driver lost control and rammed the car into a tree.punjab Updated: Jul 20, 2017 13:01 IST
Two youths were killed while four of their friends were injured, of whom three are critical, in an accident near the Sector 7-26-19-27 roundabout late on Tuesday night.
The six childhood friends were driving towards Sector 7 after celebrating a birthday, when the driver lost control of the vehicle and rammed it into a tree. Aman, 23, who was behind the wheel and owns the Maruti Swift Dzire that met with the accident, is the only victim whose condition is stable.
He told the police that a rashly driven car that came from the rear hit his vehicle from the right side leading to the mishap.
A case under Sections 279 (rash driving), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) has been registered against the unknown driver at the Sector-19 police station.
While Surinder (22) of Nayagaon, and Rajan (22) of Sector 7 died in the accident, Brijesh (23) of Kishangarh, Sahil (24) of Sector 19 and Major (24) of Choti Karoran village in Mohali are battling for life at the trauma centre of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER). Sahil, who has sustained injuries on his neck, is the son of a UT police head constable.
They all had gathered to celebrate Major’s birthday at Sector 21. He has sustained injuries on the head, eyes and other parts of body.
“We had dinner at Baba Dairy in Sector 21. We were on the way to my home in Sector 7, where the others had parked their vehicles,” said Aman, who was admitted to Government Multi Specialty Hospital, Sector 16. “I took a U-turn after we had ice-cream near Hanuman Mandir in Sector 20, after which the accident took place.”
Police said the accident took place around 12:15 am. The impact was such that the tree was uprooted.
After the accident, all occupants were trapped inside the car. The fire brigade was called in. The rescue team had to cut open the vehicle to remove the occupants.
All medallists in handball
All six friends involved in the accident share a common passion: handball. Sunil, the handball coach at DAV (Lahore) School in Sector 8, said, “They all were close friends. They all had started playing handball together.”
The six had joined the school in Class 6. After Class 12, they all took admission to Sri Guru Gobind Singh (Khalsa) College, Sector 26. They used to represent the school and college in handball and even won gold medal in interstate and inter-university events, said Sunil.
‘He said he’ll be home in 30 minutes’
Rajan, 22, was pursuing MCom from Sri Guru Gobind Singh (Khalsa) College. He had received his graduation degree this April and was staying with his grandparents in Sector 7 ever since his father’s death 14 years back.
With his mother staying at Faizabad in UP, Rajan was brought up by his paternal aunt. “At 10:30 pm, I had a word with Rajan. He said he will be home in 30 minutes,” said an inconsolable Chand, Rajan’s ‘bua’.
“He never used to venture out at night. It was the first instance yesterday,” she said. Rajan was sitting on the passenger seat on the front. His head was badly injured in the accident. He was declared brought dead at the PGIMER.
The call that brought their world crashing down
“I got a call from Surinder’s coach at about 1am, informing us about the accident,” said Bhagat Singh, a heartbroken father.
Surinder, 22, of Nayagaon had appeared for the BA examinations at the SGGS College and was awaiting results.
“He left around 7:30pm, saying he will be back after dinner with friends,” said Bhagat, who hails from Almora in Uttarakhand and is employed with the Punjab government.
“Whenever he used to go out, he used to be back before midnight. I had just slept when my mobile phone rang to give me the news,” he said.
Surinder was on the rear seat. He was rushed to the GMSH-16, but due to his critical condition he was referred to the PGIMER, where he was declared brought dead.
- Road accidents: 160
- Fatalities: 60
- Injured: 130
- Speeding challans: 1,500