Five persons, including an Akali Dal leader, were killed and two others were injured after they were run over by a truck in Lehra area here.
SAD women cell district unit president Baldev Kaur (46), Manprit Kaur (17), Jaswant Kaur (45) and Balbir Kaur (60) died on the spot after being hit by the truck on Tuesday night, while a four-month-old child succumbed to injuries at the Sangrur Civil Hospital. The condition of the two injured women is reported to be stable, the police said.
The incident took place when about 50 women from the village and adjoining areas were performing Jago (a traditional ceremony held a day before a wedding).
A pall of gloom descended upon the village. Instead of leaving for the marriage ceremony on Wednesday, the wedding party and the bridegroom protested in the village and demanded stringent action against the errant truck driver.
The protest was called off following the assurance by the police that driver Ram Singh had been apprehended and the vehicle impounded. — PTI