The son of former Shiromani Akali Dal MLA Ranjit Singh Talwandi and another youth died after their car rammed into a hazard-marking pole near the Chandimandir toll plaza on the Pinjore-Panchkula road early Thursday morning.
The tragedy struck when Talwandi’s son Jagteshwar Singh, 23, and his friend Prabhsimran Singh, 22, alias Anmol were returning to Chandigarh from Pinjore and Prabhsimran, who was driving, lost control of his Skoda Laura car, the police said.
“Some passersby informed us at 5.15 am, we sent our ambulance. The front of the car was badly damaged, the air bags were open, and Prabhsimran was found lying unconscious in Jagteshwar’s lap, who could not move. We could only hear him say, “Mujhe oxygen laga do, mujhe bacha lo (save me, put me on oxygen),” said D S Thakur, manager, corridor control, National Highways Authority of India.
Thakur said the car was locked from inside and the ambulance staff had to break the windows to take out the injured. They were rushed to the General Hospital in Sector 6 where Prabhsimran was declared brought dead while Jagteshwar was referred to PGIMER in Chandigarh where he later died.
According to the post-mortem report, Prabhsimran died of shock (cardiac arrest), with no major external injury. However, there were deep external injuries on Jagteshwar’s head, chest, abdomen and one leg, which led to his death.
The police did not rule out the possibility of the accident having occurred under the influence of alcohol and, therefore, sent viscera samples for testing.
Some chicken pieces were found on the backseat of the car, along with sauce sachets. There was also a packet of food ordered from Midnight’s Chef, an eating joint in Sector 35, Chandigarh. Study material and class notes were also found scattered.
Both of them had done their graduation from DAV College in Sector 10, Chandigarh. While Prabhsimran was preparing for his MA (final) examination, Jagteshwar was preparing to get admission in law. Sources said the two friends had suddenly decided to go on an outing on Thursday night.
Prabhsimran is survived by his mother; his father Paramjit Singh had died around a decade back. He stayed with his joint family in Sector 33 of Chandigarh. Jagteshwar is survived by his father, mother and an elder sister, and the family stays in Sector 39, Chandigarh.
He was grandson of Jagdev Singh Talwandi, former SAD and SGPC president who died in September last year. Many SAD leaders visited the family to express sympathy.