Two young men lost their lives after their car,a Maruti Swift,collided with a goods vehicle late on Sunday. The accident which occurred on the Zirakpur-Panchkula-Kalka Highway also left another youngster critically injured.
The driver of the Tata mini-truck with which the car collided also suffered injuries and is admitted to a hospital while three others accompanying him suffered minor injuries.
The deceased have been identified as Navratan Singh Sodhi and Sahil Budhral,both 26. Navratan,a resident of Peer Mushalla,was a hotel management student while Sahil owns a shop in Ramgarh and is a resident of Sector 9 Panchkula. The two suffered extensive head injuries and were declared brought dead at the Alchemist Hospital,Sector 21.
Navratan was the son of Congress MLA Rana Gurmeet Sodhis cousin brother Naresh Sodhi. The car belonged to their friend Ishabbir Sandhu,a third-year student of DAV College,Chandigarh,who is critically injured and admitted at the ICU of Alchemist Hospital.
While four other friends left in a different car,Ishabbir and Sahil were dropping Navratan to his home in Peer Mushalla after celebrating Sahils birthday in Panchkula,said a friend of Sahil.
Sources revealed that one of the vehicles was being driven on the wrong side.
The driver of the mini-truck has been identified as Abid,a middle-aged man from Meerut who is admitted at General Hospital,Sector-6. A case has been registered against him for rash driving,causing death by negligence and causing hurt by act endangering life of other under Section 279,304-A and 337 of the Indian Penal Code. We are yet to find out who was driving the Swift. Investigations are on and we will record Abids statement on Tuesday, police said.
A post-mortem has been conducted at Government Hospital Sector-6,Panchkula and police are awaiting the report.
26-year-old dies on birthday
Little did Lakshay Budhral know that his younger brothers 26th birthday would be his last. He along with Sahils close friend,Mickey Bhalla,had rushed the trio to the hospital. Bhalla received a phone call from a stranger who informed him about the accident. On reaching the spot and seeing the boys lying on the ground dripping in blood,Lakhshay also fell unconscious for sometime.