The driver of a private bus lost control during descent on the Chintpurni-Chohal road and the vehicle ran over people sitting along a culvert, killing seven of them. Among the dead were four of a family, all women. Twenty persons were injured. Two of the grievously injured were referred to a hospital in Ludhiana and one was taken to the PGIMR, Chandigarh.The people were on their way to religious fair at Chohal, 15 km from Hoshiarpur. Local MLA Sunder Sham Arora, who was passing by, helped remove victims stuck under the bus and shifted them to hospital. He asked the nearby JCT Mills and Reliance Factory to send their ambulances.“It took us more than two hours to reach the hospital barely 15 km away. Despite the rush of pilgrims, there were no traffic arrangements or emergency services.”Even as vehicles of various social service organisations ferried the injured to hospital, Health Department ambulances reportedly remained parked at the Civil Hospital. Adviser to CM Tikshan Sud, CPS Mohinder Kaur Josh, PPCC member Dr Rajkumar, Hoshiarpur Mayor Shiv Sud, AAP leader Navin Jairath and DC Aninidita Mitra later visited the injured at the hospital.Five of the deceased were identified as Jitesh Kumar from Bihar, who was working with the JCT, Samitri Devi of Purheeran, her daughter Maneesha, niece Sonia and relative Jagtar Kaur Babbu.Expressing grief, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal said the state government would bear the medical expenses of the injured and asked the Hoshiarpur DC and SSP to lend all possible help to the bereaved families.
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