Chandigarh: The Punjab government has ordered a probe into the death of Minister for Cooperatives Kanwaljit Singh in an accident on Sunday.

Mr. Singh was killed when two trucks crashed into the car in which he was travelling at Kharar near here. The 67-year-old general secretary of the ruling Shiromani Akali Dal in Punjab, who was critically injured, died at the PGIMER here, Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal’s Media Adviser Harcharan Singh Bains said.

The State government had declared a holiday for Monday.

Mr. Kanwaljit Singh, representing Banur in the Assembly, was returning here from Ludhiana when his private car was first hit by a truck near a T-point on Ropar road at Khanpur. “The impact of the first hit by the dumper-truck was so severe that the car turned in the opposite direction and collided head-on with another truck after which the car turned turtle,” Kharar Station House Officer Dalbir Singh told PTI.

After the accident, Mr. Singh was first taken to civil hospital at Kharar from where he was rushed to the PGIMER.

The Akali leader was a three-time Minister, his first stint being as Home Minister in the then S.S. Barnala Ministry in the 1980s. — PTI