7 killed in hit-and-run in Ambala
Seven persons, including two women and three minors, were killed and nine sustained serious injuries in Haryana’s Ambala district in the early hours of Saturday when an unidentified vehicle hit two Sports Utility Vehicles on the Haryana-Punjab border.Besides the drivers, Suresh Kumar and Manoj Kumar, the deceased have been identified as Kavita Kapoor, her daughters Ranjana and Harishita, sister-in-law Asha and Piyush, a boy. While Ranjana and Harshita were aged 17 and nine years respectively, Piyush was five, said the police.Chandigarh Sector 30B resident Palak, 18, the complainant in the case, said in the First Information Report that she along with 20 people, including the two drivers, left for Vrindavan in Uttar Pradesh around 11.30 p.m. on December 28.After travelling for more than an hour, Manoj stopped the vehicle on the highway near Drive Inn 22 hotel in Ambala suspecting some malfunction and got down to fix it. The driver of another SUV also pulled over behind them. “Soon, a vehicle hit the SUV parked behind our vehicle at high speed injuring the passengers. The SUV then hit our vehicle. The erring vehicle then dragged our SUV for several metres causing serious injuries to the passengers,” said Palak, a first-year Bachelor of Arts student, in the FIR.Injured rushed to hospital Many passers-by and motorists stopped to help the injured and transported them to a civil hospital in Ambala in ambulances.The two women, three minors and Suresh were declared brought dead. Manoj later succumbed to injuries.Two of the injured are under treatment at separate hospitals in Ambala and seven have been admitted to a hospital in Chandigarh. The condition of one of the injured at the Chandigarh hospital is said to be critical.All the passengers in the two SUVs were women and children.Station House Officer, Ambala Sadar, Sub-Inspector Mehar Singh said that Manoj stopped his car after Suresh, driving behind him, called him over phone to inform that oil was leaking from his fuel tank. Mr. Singh said the accident was not caused due to poor visibility since the weather was clear.He said that efforts were being made to identify the erring vehicle.A case has been registered on various charges under the Indian Penal Code, including causing death due to negligence, rash driving and causing hurt, among others.