Punjab’s Minister Kanwaljit killed in road accident

Punjab Minister and senior Akali leader Kanwaljit Singh was killed on Sunday when two trucks crashed into the car in which he was travelling in Kharar.

Written by Press Trust Of India | Chandigarh | Published: March 29, 2009 8:54 pm

Punjab Minister and senior Akali leader Kanwaljit Singh was killed on Sunday when two trucks crashed into the car in which he was travelling in Kharar.

The 67-year-old general secretary of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab,who was critically injured in the mishap,died at PGIMER here,Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s Media Advisor Harcharan Singh Bains said tonight.

Punjab Government has ordered an inquiry into incident,Bains told reporters outside the hospital,adding the state government had declared a holiday tomorrow.

Kanwaljit,SAD MLA from Banur and Minister of Cooperation in Badal Ministry,was returning here from Ludhiana when his private car was first hit by a truck near a T-point on Kharar on Ropar road in Khanpur village.

“The impact of the first hit by the dumper-truck was so severe that the car turned in the opposite direction and collided head-on with another truck after which the car turned turtle,” Kharar city’s Station House Officer Dalbir Singh told PTI.

After the accident,Kanwaljit was first taken to civil hospital at Kharar from where he was rushed to PGIMER here in a critical condition.

The Akali leader was a three time Minister,his first stint being as State Home Minister in the then S S Barnala Ministry in the 1980s.

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