In a tragic incident,five women were killed and at least six others injured when a speeding car ran over them while they were sitting on the footpath at a village in the district in the wee hours of today.
The mishap occurred at Hyrige village,about 40 km from here,on the Mysore-H D Kote Road and the driver abandoned the car and fled the scene along with another person,police said.
Four women died on the spot while another succumbed to grievous injuries at a hospital,they said.
The deceased were working at a private garments factory,a unit of the Skills Empowerment in Apparel Manufacturing (SEAM) in Belawadi,on the city outskirts.
Villagers,who gathered in large numbers at the accident spot,found empty liquor bottles in the car,police said.
District In-Charge Minister S A Ramdas announced Rs one lakh compensation each to the families of the deceased.