The son of a retired Army officer, a war veteran, died in a road accident on the Kalka-Panchkula stretch of the National Highway 22, near Chandimandir Toll Plaza, late on Wednesday night.
The deceased was identified as Karan Angad, 24, son of Brigadier (Retd) Devender Singh, a war veteran who had led 70 Infantry Brigade in the Batalik Sector in 1999 Kargil war with Pakistan. Angad had recently graduated from Panjab University and was freelancing as a music artist.
The incident was reported on the intervening night of Wednesday and Thursday, when Angad was coming from Kalka side towards Chandigarh in his Alto car (CH-03-W5450). “Around 1.30 am, a truck coming from Kalka side allegedly tried to overtake the car and hit it in the front part. The driver lost balance of the car and rammed it into the rear end of the truck,” said the police.
Sources said the car was being driven at a high speed, and such was the impact that the front part of the car was severely damaged. The body of the deceased was removed with extreme difficulty.
According to the post-mortem report, the death was reported because of severe forehead injury and there were critical injuries on the front half of the body. There was a fracture in the legs. “We have taken the viscera samples for further testing,” said Dr Sushil Gambhir, a forensic expert from General Hospital, Sector 6.
The body was taken and kept in the mortuary of the Command Hospital, Chandimandir. “His elder sister is not here; we have informed her. The last rites will be conducted after she returns,” said a relative. Based in New Delhi, the family had been living in Sector 36. The police registered a case under Section 304-A (death due to negligence) of the IPC at the Chandimandir Police Station. “The truck driver is yet to be identified. He is absconding and will be arrested soon,” said the police.