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Old 01-Apr-2009
Two days later, highway cleared of ill-f


Kharar April 1:
Two days after Punjab Minister Captain Kanwaljit Singh died in a car crash in Kharar, the busy stretch of the Chandigarh-Ludhiana National Highway-95 was cleared of the ill-fated vehicles.

On Sunday, the 100-metre stretch was cordoned off to enable investigators to collect evidence and study the scene of crime. Patiala Divisional Commissioner Jasbir Singh Bir, in-charge of the magisterial inquiry, Chandigarh Forensic Science Laboratory Director Dr Balwinder Singh Bhutal and Motor Vehicle Inspector had visited the spot on Monday.

Patiala Zonal Inspector General of Police G S Sahota and mechanical experts from Hyundai Motors visited the spot to ascertain whether the mishap was a result of mechanical or human error. Following their visit, the mangled remains of the Hyundai Elantra car and two ten-tyred trucks involved in the accident were impounded and taken to the Kharar police station, said City Station House Officer Sub-Inspector Atul Soni. With this, the movement of traffic was restored to normal.

The car driver Parminder Singh, a resident of Dhakoli village in Zirakpur, and Captain Kanwaljit Singhís personal security guard Sub-Inspector Rattan Lal are still recuperating at PGI. Parminderís condition continues to be critical but stable while Rattan has been declared out of danger, said the SHO. Though the carís speedometer was locked at 110 kmph, which is believed to be its last speed, the police will present a challan against both truck drivers, Divakar Dubey and Jagtar Singh, who were released on bail after their arrest on Monday.

Divisional Commissioner had earlier hinted at submitting a fact-finding report within a week to Punjab Chief Secretary. However, the statements of the eyewitnesses have not been recorded yet.

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