In separate events, two Kanwar pilgrims died in Ghaziabad.
In a tragic incident on Thursday morning, a 25-year-old man lost his life in a hit-and-run accident involving an unknown vehicle on the Delhi-Meerut Motorway (DME) stretch near Masuri. The victim, identified as Gaurav Singh, was riding a bike with his friend while returning from their Kanwar pilgrimage in Haridwar.
Meanwhile, in another unfortunate incident, the previous night in Ghaziabad‘s Loni area, a Kanwar pilgrim named Gaurav Singh was electrocuted, and eight others sustained injuries when their ‘Dak Kanwar’ truck came in contact with a high-tension electricity wire. The police received information about the incident around 10:30 p.m. and promptly rushed the injured individuals to two different hospitals in Ghaziabad.
During the Kanwar season, many pilgrims utilise trucks, mini trucks, and other commercial vehicles as part of their ‘Dak Kanwar’ for the return journey. On this particular night, one of the trucks equipped with a large music system was being prepared to go to Haridwar from Loni. Unfortunately, while the truck driver was manoeuvring to avoid a passing vehicle, the top of the music system came into contact with the electricity cables, resulting in nine people suffering an electric shock. Tragically, one person died on the spot, while the remaining eight injured individuals were rushed to hospitals in Mohan Nagar and Nehru Nagar, Ghaziabad.
Jaivir Singh, a resident who witnessed the incident, mentioned that the vehicle the truck tried to evade was carrying LPG cylinders. He further explained that two other vehicles carrying pilgrims had already left Loni, and this truck was the last one to depart.
Rajneesh Kumar Upadhyaya, ACP (Loni), stated that an additional police force was deployed in Loni to maintain law and order following the electrocution incident. However, despite repeated requests, neither the injured individuals nor the victim’s family have lodged a police complaint so far.
In yet another unfortunate occurrence on the same day, a 25-year-old man riding a bike was killed in a hit-and-run accident on the Delhi-Meerut Expressway near Masuri. The victim, who was returning from his Kanwar pilgrimage in Haridwar along with his friend, was struck by an unidentified vehicle that fled the scene. The police are investigating the incident to identify the vehicle and bring the responsible party to justice.
These incidents serve as a stark reminder of the dangers associated with road travel and the importance of adhering to traffic rules and regulations. The loss of lives and injuries sustained by the victims highlight the need for improved road safety measures and stricter enforcement of traffic laws. Authorities and law enforcement agencies play a crucial role in ensuring the safety of commuters, and the community needs to cooperate with them by promptly reporting any incidents and providing necessary information for investigations.
As the families of the victims mourn their tragic losses, it is a sombre moment to reflect on the value of human life and the need for collective efforts to prevent such accidents in the future. Road safety awareness campaigns, improved infrastructure, and responsible driving can significantly contribute to minimising such incidents and preserving lives on the road. Let us strive for a safer environment for all road users, where tragedies like these become a thing of the past.
According to the police, a tragic incident occurred on the Delhi-Meerut Motorway (DME) involving two individuals identified as Ram Vir and Mohit Kumar, both residents of Faridabad. The victims were Kanwarias, devotees returning from their pilgrimage to Haridwar. Unfortunately, their journey took a devastating turn when their motorcycle was struck by an unidentified vehicle. The driver of the vehicle fled the scene, leaving behind a grievously injured Mohit and tragically claiming the life of Ram Vir.
Naresh Kumar, the Assistant Commissioner of Police (ACP) in Masuri, provided some details about the incident. He stated that the collision occurred while Ram Vir and Mohit were riding their bikes on the DME. The exact circumstances leading to the accident are still under investigation. The ACP mentioned that the police had reviewed the CCTV footage of the area where the accident took place.
However, they discovered that the footage only began recording at around 8:40 a.m., which was after the accident had already occurred. The earlier part of the incident was not captured on camera. The footage revealed a crowd gathered at the accident site, further indicating that the incident had already transpired when the CCTV system started recording.
Following the accident, the police promptly arranged for the body of Ram Vir (Kanwar Yatri) to be sent for autopsy to determine the exact cause of death. Simultaneously, the police informed the family of the deceased about the tragic incident. They are now awaiting a formal police complaint from the family, which will enable them to proceed with the necessary legal procedures.
The loss of Ram Vir’s (Kanwar Yatri) life in this unfortunate hit-and-run incident has left the community in shock. The police are diligently investigating the case, hoping to gather any available evidence to identify and apprehend the driver responsible for the accident. The injuries sustained by Mohit were reported to be minor, providing some relief amidst the tragedy. The police are committed to bringing justice to the victims and ensuring that such incidents are prevented in the future.
As the investigation progresses, the police urge anyone with information related to the accident or the fleeing vehicle to come forward and assist them in their efforts. The support and cooperation of the community are crucial in bringing closure to this distressing incident and ensuring the safety of all individuals on the roads.