Chandigarh: In a case of reckless driving,
a girl, "racing" with another car, allegedly hit a two-wheeler
in a high security area here killing a youth and his minor
cousin and was later arrested.
The incident took place at Sector-3, at a spot close to
the residences of Chief Ministers of both Punjab and Haryana
here, late last night.
Police said the accident was the result of a "race"
between two cars -- a Maruti Swift driven by some people and a
Honda Accord driven by Sukhmani alias Amanat Brar, 19, who was
accompanied by some of her friends.
Amanat, who is pursuing her studies in the US, today
surrendered before the police here and was formally arrested.
She was later released after a medical examination in a
Amanat, who was suspected to be in an inebriated state,
lost control over the vehicle while driving at a high speed
from Sukhna Lake towards Sector-3, police said.
She allegedly hit a motorbike which was passing by,
killing Sukhwinder, a 21 year-old engineering student, and
his five-year-old cousin Harpreet, they said. The impact of
the collision was such that the child was thrown several
metres up into the air, police said citing eyewitnesses.
While Harpreet died on the spot, the youth succumbed
to injuries at a hospital. The victims belonged to Kansal
village near Chandigarh.
The girls fled the spot in the Swift car after the
incident leaving their vehicle behind, they said, adding the
car, which has been badly damaged, was bearing a VIP
registration number belonging to a retired Lt. Colonel of the
Amanat, who had returned to India a week back from the
US and is a relative of the ex-army man, reached the Sector-3
police station here along with two of her relatives this
evening and surrendered. She was arrested and interrogated at
length in connection with the incident before being released.
About action against the others present in the car at
the time of the incident, Deputy Superintendent of Police
Central Jagbir Singh told reporters that the person at the
wheel is liable for action.
To a query whether the girl was in an inebriated state,
the DSP said "only forensic experts can throw light on this."
Police have registered a case under section 279 (rash
driving) and 304-A (causing death by negligence) of the IPC.
Asked if police have charged the offender only under
bailable sections, Singh said "we have followed the law and
done nothing beyond that. We will file a chargesheet in the
case very soon".
The DSP said the girl`s driving licence was being