A 25-YEAR-OLD man was killed while his cousin suffered serious injuries when a rashly driven car hit their bike on sectors 46-47-48-49 light point on Sunday afternoon. His family members along with others held a protest in the area, blocking traffic for around two hours and demanding arrest of the car driver. Later, the police arrested the car driver, Mandeep Singh, who was released on bail.
According to the police, the deceased has been identified as Avinash alias Chintu, a resident of Rehabilitation Colony in Sector 49. Chintu’s cousin Bunty, who was sitting ahead on the bike, suffered serious injuries and was admitted to the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32.
The police said that the accident occurred when both Avinash and Bunty were returning from Sector 46 where Avinash had to appear for an interview and heading towards Sector 49. As the duo was crossing the lightpoint, the driver of the Verna car who was going towards Sector 46 hit the bike, resulting in serious injuries to both of them. Avinash who was riding pillion and not wearing a helmet suffered head injuries which resulted in his death. The car driver escaped from the spot.
A passerby informed the police about the accident and called the PCR. The police team reached the spot and rushed both the victims to GMCH, Sector 32. From there, doctors referred Chintu to PGI where he succumbed to his injuries.
The accused, Mandeep Singh, managed to escape from the spot. Later, he was arrested by the police following a protest by the family members of Chintu. Mandeep’s father is an employee of Panjab University.
Mandeep was arrested and a case under sections 279 (rash driving), 304-A (causing death by negligence) and 337 (causing hurt by act of endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code was registered at the Sector 49 police station.
The family members and residents of Sector 49 blocked the road for around two hours. Following the protest, the SHO of Police Station Sector 34 and other police officials pacified the protesters.
Arvind Kumar, one of the protesters, told Chandigarh Newsline that when they came to know about the accident, they rushed to the spot and somebody told them that the driver of the car was a policeman. He said that they started a protest and demanded the arrest of the accused with immediate effect following which the accused driver was arrested. However, Mandeep was not a policeman.
Tragedy strikes family twice
Avinash’s elder brother had died around three years ago in an accident in Sector 45. His wife was then married off to Avinash who was now taking care of the family.