Barnala, September 15
Nine pilgrims were killed in an accident on the Barnala-Bajakhana road near Cheema village, 9 km from here late last night. The deceased, all from Kotkapura, were identified as Gurmail Singh (42), his wife Paramjit Kaur (39), daughters Harpreet Kaur (16) and Gurpreet Kaur (20) and Gurpreet’s five-month-old son Aman Singh, Jaswinder Kaur (55), Sarabjit Kaur (42), Riya Kapoor (5) and Avtar Singh from Guru Ki Dhab.
Gurpreet’s husband, a resident of Burj Hamira village in Moga district, was injured in the mishap. Gurmail Singh’s third daughter Neha (12) and son Gurlal Singh also sustained injuries.
Gurlal Singh and Lovneet Singh, driver of Tata Venture, were referred to Government Rajindra Hospital, Patiala.
The Additional Station House Officer (SHO), Shehna, Harjinder Singh, said a truck and a Tata Venture carrying 14 pilgrims from Kotkapura to Mata Kali Mandir in Patiala, collided head 9 km from Barnala.
Truck driver Gora Singh of Ballarr village in Bathinda district fled after the accident. The Additional SHO said the police had impounded the truck and registered a case against the driver under Sections 304-A, 279, 337, 338 and 427 of the IPC.
Senior Medical Officer (SMO) of the Barnala Civil Hospital Dr Jasbir Singh Aulakh said six persons had been brought dead to the hospital.
Five persons who were in a critical condition were referred to Government Rajindra Hospital. Three of them died on the way amd were brought back.
Barnala Deputy Commissioner Indu Malhotra, who visited the hospital, said she had recommended compensation for the families of the deceased persons.
Barnala Sub-Divisional Magistrate (SDM)Amandeep Bansal also visited the hospital and assured the bereaved families of all possible help.