In a new twist, the youth who reportedly drove the Hyundai i20, one of the two racing cars which caused last week’s multi-vehicle crash on the Zirakpur flyover, has been discharged from the private hospital in Mohali and admitted to “another hospital outside the city,” without the police’s knowledge.
Samarpreet Singh, who was shifted from emergency to the general ward following improvement in his condition on Monday, was later in the night discharged from Max Hospital in Phase 6, but police on Tuesday said he was still in the hospital and would be arrested as soon as he was discharged.
The house where Samarpreet lives with his parents in Zirakpur was locked all day. When Newsline contacted his father on his mobile number registered at the hospital, a man who identified himself as the uncle said, “The boy has been shifted to another hospital outside the city and is still undergoing treatment. He has to get an MRI scan done.”
However, investigating officer assistant sub-inspector Hans Raj said, “We have received information that the accused is still in the same hospital. We visited their house several times but found nobody there even on Tuesday.”
SSP Gurpreet Bhullar said, “I do not know about the present status of the accused, I’ll have to check with the SHO.”
Samarpreet, who is a student of Guru Nanak Public School, was involved in a car race with his friend Mankirat Singh, a student of New Public School, who drove a Mitubishi Pajero, leading to the accident on Friday afternoon. Since Samarpreet was injured and taken to hospital, police registered a case against his father Sukhwinder Singh on the basis of the papers found in the damaged car.
The family is believed to be originally from Shimla, as the car’s registration had a Shimla address. Society residents said that Samarpreet was often seen driving a car.
CCTVs to come up at various points
SSP Bhullar, along with other officials, held a meeting with Mohali Deputy Commissioner TPS Sidhu. “Keeping in mind the recent flyover accident and other accidents in general, it was decided that CCTV cameras will be installed at various points in Zirakpur, including the Kalka road and the Patiala road. Secondly, at the Singhpura crossing, which is accident-prone, traffic lights will be installed. Red blinkers will be put up along link roads connected to the national highway passing through the town. Moreover, speed limit signboards will be put up all across the town. We also had a word with NHAI officials who said that their engineers found no fault with the design of the flyover,” said Bhullar.