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Mini truck rams into huts
Two dead; Ludhiana tense
Jupinderjit Singh
Tribune News Service

Ludhiana, January 29
The driver of a mini truck, reportedly in an inebriated condition, mowed down at least two persons and left two injured, four of them in critical condition, at Tajpur road late this evening. The truck was later burnt by angry residents.

The driver of the Tata- 407 truck ran away when the vehicle came to a halt after hitting an electric pole. By that time, he had crushed several huts, leaving behind a trail of bleeding victims.

Mr Hira Singh Gabria, SAD-BJP candidate from Ludhiana Rural, said one of the killed was his worker, Gajinder Singh, who was returning from a corner meeting in the area. The meeting took place not far from the accident site. This led to rumours that a vehicle had rammed into an election rally, killing an Akali activist. Leaders of various parties rushed to the site.

A police contingent rushed to the area as residents, mainly labourers, torched the vehicle and threatened to torch houses too.

Police sources said the driver, transporting fish from Bhamian village, had crushed a labourer on the way.

The neighbours of the labourer chased him. This made him nervous and he tried to speed away. He lost control of the vehicle and rammed into huts.

The SSP, Mr A S Rai, said the police had cordoned off the area and the situation was under control.

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