An engineering student was killed while three of his friends, including two girls, were seriously injured in a road accident which occurred at Modella light point in Sector 29 around 1.30 am on Friday. The accident happened when a Himachal Road Transport Corporation (HRTC) bus collided head-on with the Zen car in which all the four persons were travelling.
The deceased has been identified as 23-year-old Aftabh Chawla, a resident of Ludhiana and a student of BTech second year at Guru Nanak Dev Engineering College, Ludhiana. His father Rajesh Chawla is a doctor and a professor at the Christian Medical College and Hospital in Ludhiana while his mother is also a lecturer.
The injured were identified as Shaminder Singh, also a resident of Ludhiana; Shilpa, a resident of Shimla; and Shruti Jain who hails from Ahmedgarh. All were students of the same college. Shruti was the third year student of BTech while the others were batchmates.
According to the police, the car was coming from Zirakpur side towards Chandigarh and Shaminder was driving the car while Aaftabh was sitting along with the driver. When the car reached the Tribune chowk in Sector 29, Shaminder took left turn towards Transport Light Point from the roundabout but the bus which was heading towards Shimla rammed into the car, leaving all the students seriously injured. Aaftabh suffered severe injuries on his chest and stomach.
All the injured were taken to the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, where Aaftabh succumbed to injuries. The police are yet to record a statement of the injured students. Police officials said that they were investigating the matter and it was not clear whether the students were drunk. ASP (East) Guriqbal Singh Sidhu said that bus driver Pawan Saini had been arrested after registering a case of negligent driving against him at the Industrial Area police station.