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Mahesh Sharma


The ill-fated jeep, which collided head-on with a truck killing nine persons near Ludhiana on Wednesday. — Photo by Inderjeet Verma

Mandi Ahmedgarh, March 7
A pal of gloom descended on Rajoke village in Valtoha town of Tarn Taran district, near here, when nine persons, including five members of a family and their friends, died after their jeep collided head-on with a truck near Pandori village.

The victims were going to Dugri village to pay their first visit after marriage of Satnam Singh. Satnam Singh, the groom, and Sumanpreet Kaur, the bride and daughter of Balbir Dass of Dugri, escaped death as they, along with other relatives, were travelling in another vehicle. According to Surinder Pal Singh of Dugri, Sumanpreet married to Satnam on February 10.

The Dugri family that was preparing to receive relatives of their son-in-law was shocked to learn about the tragedy. They, accompanied by villagers, rushed to the spot. The dead have been identified as Ajaib Singh (45), his wife Bakshinder Kaur (43), daughter Gurpreet Kaur(20), sister Gurmit Kaur, brother- in-law Soma Singh (50), Jaswinder Kaur, Baby, Mukhwinder Kaur, all residents of Rajoke, and driver Sarwan Singh (40) of Sadiq town.

According to Gurmit Singh Misra, executive magistrate, the vehicle (PB-02-AJ (T) 9675) collided with a truck (PB-05-2160) carrying RCC pillars near Pandori village on the Ludhiana-Jagraon road at around 9.30 am. Probably, the vehicle driver lost control while overtaking another vehicle and dashed against the truck.

While seven persons died on the spot, two were declared brought dead by doctors at a private hospital situated near the spot. .

Punjab Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal has announced Rs 1 lakh each for the victims’ families.

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