Two youngsters lost their lives,while they were trying to flee away on their Royal Enfield motorcycle,in an attempt to dodge the police checking,today,on Naraingarh-Panchkula highway,near Markanda river bridge. Agitated over the death of both the youngsters,the villagers blocked the highway for more than two hours and even set two police vehicles on fire.
The incident took place this morning,when Mohit Rana (19),a student of BA First year and Neeraj Sharma (18),a student of class 10+2,both residents of Ghadouli village,Naraingarh,were riding on an Enfield motorcycle. A checkpost was set up by the Haryana police,to do routine checking of vehicles and issue tickets (challans) to the traffic violators. Both Mohit and Neeraj were riding without wearing safety helmets. When the policemen tried to stop them,they both gave police a dodge and in an attempt to escape from the spot,collided head-on with an oncoming Tata Sumo. While Mohit died on the spot,Neeraj died on the way to Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER),Chandigarh.
While talking to Express, one of the investigating officials,said,The policemen on duty merely tried to stop the two,as both were not wearing safety helmets. The moment a policeman on duty,signalled them to stop for regular checking drive,they rather increased the speed of the bike and in the process to evade police,rammed head on into a Tata Sumo,coming from the opposite direction. Both sustained severe injuries in the accident.
Soon after the news of the mishap spread in the village,the agitated villagers,including the family members of both the youngsters reached the spot and blocked the highway. They raised anti police and anti-government slogans and burnt two police gypsys on the spot.
It was only,after the intervention of the Superintendent of Police,Ambala,Shashank Anand and the officials of district administration,Ambala,that the agitated mob got pacified and lifted the blockade. After the blockade was lifted the fuming residents of the village demanded suspension of the policemen,who were posted on the police check post.
Succumbing to the pressure of the agitated crowd,the five policemen,including an Assistant Sub Inspector were immediately placed under suspension. Also,an inquiry was ordered and ASP (Ambala),Devinder Yadav was entrusted with the task to find the factual position in the entire incident.
According to the police,the family members of the deceased were alleging that the policemen,posted on the checkpost tried to hit the youths with a stick,while avoiding which the two lost balance of the motorbike and rammed into the Tata Sumo,coming from the opposite direction.