Chandigarh: Thar claims life of newspaper boy in early morning accident

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A 50-year-old newspaper boy was killed after a Mahindra Thar rammed his scooter at the Sector 17/18 traffic lights early Thursday morning.

The victim has been identified as Balbir Singh Rana who is from Uttarakhand and lives with his family in Kishangarh village, Chandigarh.

On Thursday, he left his home after 4:30 a.m. to pick up newspapers from the Sector 22 market before making daily home deliveries.

Police said as he approached the bright spot in Sector 17/18, a high-speed Mahindra Thar, with a Chandigarh registration number, struck his Honda Activa from behind.

Balbir Singh Rana, the victim. (Photo HT)

In an attempt to escape, the driver of the car accelerated, dragging Balbir and his scooter nearly 500 meters before the vehicle’s front wheel broke, forcing him to a stop.

A passerby alerted the police, who transported a seriously injured Balbir to the Multi-Specialty Public Hospital (GMSH), Sector 16, where he was pronounced dead. Meanwhile, the driver of the car fled on foot, leaving his vehicle behind.

The mangled remains of the victim’s scooter. (Keshav Singh/HT)

Investigators said the vehicle was registered to a resident of Sector 33.

The car was impounded and the driver was convicted under sections 279 (reckless driving), 337 (injury by an act endangering the life or personal safety of another) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) at the Sector 17 police station.

The body of the deceased was kept at the GMSH morgue and will be handed over to the family after an autopsy.

He is survived by his wife and three children, including a son and two daughters.

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