August 21, 2016 3:19:09 am
FOUR people, including a woman, were killed and 12 others injured when a bus belonging to Orbit, a company co-owned by Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal, collided head-on with another bus Saturday. The accident took place at 3.30 pm near Billi Choharmi village on Nakodar-Malsian Road. Three of the victims died on the spot.
The driver of the other bus, belonging to GSK Transport Company, Binder Singh, is among the injured and has been hospitalised.
Eyewitnesses said the accident took place when the Orbit bus tried to overtake a truck without realising that another vehicle (the GSK bus) was coming from the opposite side. The owner of the GSK bus, Kulwinder Singh, also claimed that this was the case.
The Orbit bus was on its way from Jalandhar to Moga.
The injured were taken to nearby hospitals, including to Nakodar Civil Hospital, in police vehicles. The Orbit bus was taken to the police station immediately after a police team reached the spot.
Another bus, belonging to Dabwali Transport Company, which is also co-owned by Sukhbir, was torched by an angry mob in Ludhiana two days ago after a father-son duo were knocked down and killed. Both the buses are parked at Malsian police post.
Shahkot Deputy Superintendent of Police Jaswinder Singh said police had registered a case based on the statement of the SHO.
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