Preeti Bhardwaj, a 36-year-old resident of Rohini, hit five labourers on a national highway in Karnal’s Gharaunda area, killing two of them on the spot allegedly. According to a Hindustan Times report, she was drunk, police said. “Two labourers were killed and three injured by a speeding car of a drunk woman…,” local police station in-charge Rajbir Singh Yadav told HT. A medical report to determine if Bhardwaj was drunk was awaited. The incident took place around 11.30 am when Bhardwaj’s Swift car hit the men when they were working near a flyover, eyewitnesses said.
Bhardwaj was alone in the car when the accident took place. She was on her way to Kaithal from Delhi via Karnal to visit a relative, officials said. The deceased were identified as Rajkumar and Bansi Lal of Staundi village of Karnal. They were tossed in the air due to the impact and landed on the windshield. The men were hired by a contractor who carried out maintenance work for the National Highway Authority of India. Bhardwaj allegedly did not stop the car after the accident, but people chased her down.
She allegedly misbehaved with the people who tried to stop her. Police said the woman was in custody and a FIR was registered in the case. Police said Bhardwaj’s parents had arrived in Karnal and were in shock.