Haryana: 3 PGIMS MBBS medicos killed, 3 injured as car catches fire in road mishap
Gurgaon: In a tragic incident, three MBBS students lost their lives, whereas three others sustained burn injuries after their car allegedly hit a divider and caught fire on the Jhajjar-Meerut National Highway in Sonepat in the early hours before morning on Thursday, informed the police.
The Indian Express reports that the three deceased were third-year students of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, and were identified as Pulkit from Narnaul, Sandesh from Rewari, and Rohit Gouriya from Gurgaon. Whereas the other three who sustained serious injuries were identified as Ankit from Rohtak, Narveer Yadav from Mahendragarh, and Somvir from Jhajjar who were taken immediately to a hospital in Sonepat and were later referred to PGIMS Rohtak.
The incident took place at around 2.30 AM on Thursday when the six students were travelling from Rohtak to Haridwar. Devender, SHO, Rai police station said, "The road, near Bahalgarh on National Highway Meerut road, had been closed for construction work and three-foot-high boulders had been placed in the middle. The victims did not notice the boulders, and their car rammed straight into the divider and caught fire. Three students were charred to death and died on the spot. Among the injured who are undergoing treatment, the condition of one student is critical. On the complaint of the father of one of the deceased, an FIR has been lodged against the NHAI official and the company who had the tender for road work."
The police complaint was filed by Rohit's father, Jay Singh, who is a resident of Gurgaon and said that his son and his friends were on their way to Haridwar in an i20 car. He said, "My son and his two friends died on the spot of burns. The authorities had not put any reflector, paint or signage, or blinker lights for road diversion on the stones and boulders and the incident took place due to negligence of the NHAI project director and the company overseeing work. Action should be taken for their negligence." Calling it a tragic incident, Rohit's relative, Joginder said, "The friends had made a plan to go to Haridwar for a holiday."
Requesting anonymity, an NHAI official told the Indian Express, "The incident is very unfortunate. One part of the carriageway had been closed due to construction work and after recent rainfall, another part was closed as a safety measure since a high tension wire runs in the area. We had put up reflector tape, and a board informing the commuters of the diversion and construction work had been installed near the slip road exit over 150 meters before the flyover."
The bodies were handed over to the families on Thursday. The police said that an FIR was registered under IPC sections 283 (danger or obstruction in public way or line of navigation), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others), and 304-A (death by negligence) at the Rai police station.
Meanwhile, the classmates and the teachers of the deceased held a condolence meeting in Rohtak, reports the Hindustan Times.