The mangled car at Namkum police station in Ranchi on Monday. (Hardeep Singh)
Two young students were crushed to death on the front seat and two others sustained injuries when the car they were travelling in collided head-on with a truck at Raisa More on NH-33, 20km from the heart of the capital, early on Monday.
Unconfirmed sources said the boys — aged between 18 and 20 years — were on a long drive to Jamshedpur after a birthday bash and were under the influence of alcohol when the accident took place.
Local Namkum police have identified one of the deceased by his first name, Anish. He was a first-year student of Marwari College and son of a supply inspector posted in Chatra. The other was Class XII DPS student Amit Singh, whose father is a clerk at the cradle.
The vehicle belonged to Anish’s father.
The injured have been identified as Manan Marwah, son of a primary education director of Bihar, and Abhinav Kumar, also a native of Bihar. Both boys lived and studied in city schools, the names of which are yet to be confirmed.
Police claim the exact time of the accident is not clear. A passer-by spotted the mangled car caught in the bonnet of the truck and informed police around 3am. A team from Namkum thana, which is 10km from Raisa More, reached the spot and rushed the injured to RIMS in Ranchi.
Retrieving the two bodies was the difficult part, said sources in the police. “The two on the front seat were trapped. We had to tow the car to the police station first and then use a gas-cutter to dismantle the front door and bring out the bodies,” a source said.
Namkum officer-in-charge Rajdeo Singh said the truck had been seized and an FIR registered, but the driver had escaped before the accident was discovered.
A source said the students were headed for Jamshedpur after celebrating a birthday somewhere in Doranda. “Yesterday (Sunday) was Manan’s birthday. He had invited Anish, Amit and Abhinav to his flat. In an extended celebration, they went driving in the night with bottles of liquor,” the source said.
OC Singh said the matter was under investigation. “But, it is clear that the boys were not under control and went on a ride without permission from their parents,” he said.
Incidentally, Diwali is no longer a dry day in Jharkhand, with the Arjun Munda government lifting the liquor curb on Tuesday.