A woman selling husk corn and a man were killed and five others injured when a speeding Volkswagen Beetle rammed into them after hitting a motorcycle near the Botanical Garden at Sarangpur in Chandigarh on Wednesday night.
Police identified the roadside vendor as Rajmati Devi (55) of EWS Colony in Dhanas and said that Mustafa Ali (18) of Dhanas succumbed to head injuries at Chandigarh’s Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research on Thursday.
Sources said the car, bearing a Punjab registration number, first hit a parked motorcycle and entered a footpath along the Dhanas-Sarangpur road ramming into seven people around 7 pm.
The motorcycle belongs to Karamjeet Singh, who had stopped to buy husk corn from Rajmati Devi.
Eyewitnesses told police that there were a couple in the red Beetle and that they managed to escape leaving behind the damaged car.
Police have booked an unknown driver on Indian Penal Code charges related to culpable homicide not amounting to murder, rash driving and damaging property.
The car was found registered in the name of Kamaljeet Singh, a businessman from Zirakpur who is settled in Panchkula.
Family members of the accident victims protested outside the Sarangpur police station demanding the arrest of the accused.
The injured people were identified as Karamjeet Singh (55), Bobby (23), Vimlesh (45), Dilip Soni (22) and Neelam (28), all hailing from Dhanas.
Suresh Yadav, a relative of Bobby, said, “The man and woman who were sitting in the car are influential people. And this is the reason why police have not arrested them. Two people lost their lives and others are admitted to hospitals.”
A police officer said the guilty would not be spared. “We have registered an FIR under strict charges. The guilty will not be spared. Though the car was registered at a Zirakpur address in Mohali, the owner and his family stay in Panchkula,” the officer said.