Scores of workers from Gurgaon and surrounding areas have been walking back to their native villages in other states, ever since the country went into lockdown (Express photo by Narendra Vaskar/Representational Image)
Five people, including a woman and a child, died after a speeding truck ran over them on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal (KMP) Expressway in Gurgaon late Saturday night. The victims are believed to be migrants returning to their villages amidst the countrywide lockdown, who were stopped at the Tauru border by police.
“The truck driver, a UP resident, was arrested,” said Gurgaon Police PRO Subhash Boken.
The incident took place at 12.10 am near the toll plaza. In a complaint to police, Kuldeep, an eyewitness who hails from UP and was among several people standing near the toll, said the speeding vehicle came from the direction of Farrukhnagar.
“The truck first hit an auto parked on the side, and rammed another auto. We screamed at the driver to stop... but he drove towards us, running over some of my friends and other bystanders before ramming the vehicle into the divider,” he alleged.
Police said the truck was loaded with tomatoes and travelling from Ahmedabad to Ghaziabad. “Five people, including a woman and a child, were killed in the incident, while seven others sustained minor injuries. One of the victims has been identified as the driver of the auto, which the accused had hit. Four-five people in his vehicle were also injured,” said Deepak Saharan, DCP (Manesar).
An FIR has been registered at Bilaspur police station under relevant IPC sections including 279 (rash driving) and 304A (death by negligence).