Aurangabad/Nashik: Four persons, including three Maratha activists, were killed and five others injured in a freak accident involving three vehicles on the Aurangabad-Nashik Road, near Khamgaon Pati of Yeola in Nashik district around 7am on Thursday. The activists were returning from Mumbai after participating in the Maratha Kranti Morcha on Wednesday.
Police said the car carrying the activists collided head-on with a truck going towards Nashik. The truck also hit another car that was travelling behind the vehicle of the activists. All the three vehicles were in considerable speed and the car in which the trio was travelling was trying to overtake the small car.
The Yeola police said three Maratha activists died on the spot while another person travelling in the other car breathed his last on the way to hospital.
Police have identified the deceased as Avinash Gavhane (23), Bajaj Nagar, Aurangabad, Narayan Thorat (21), Majalgaon of Gangapur taluka, and Harshal Gholape (24) of Rokdi in Pune taluka, who were returning from Mumbai after attending the Maratha Kranti Morcha. Vaibhav Gatkad (21) of Materewadi in Dindori taluka of Nashik district is the fourth victim.
“The activists’ car was completely mangled in the collision, while the other car was thrown off the road,” police said.
Local residents as well as police and health authorities rushed to the spot and removed the bodies of the deceased from the damaged vehicles.
Police have booked truck driver Shaikh Nur Shaikh Ibrahim (34) of Gangapur in connection with the accident and an offence under IPC 304 (A) (causing death by negligence) and IPC 279 (rash driving) has been registered against him.
Two other Maratha activists have been admitted at a hospital in Vaijapur. Gatkad’s mother Urmila, father Radhakrishna and brother Mayur are being treated at Yeola rural hospital as they have sustained serious injuries. All the injured are out of danger, police said citing hospital authorities.
Vinod Patil, a leader of the Maratha Kranti Morcha, said the whole Maratha community would stand by the families of those who died in the accident. “Over 2,000 vehicles from Aurangabad district alone could have reached Mumbai on the day of our rally. It is unfortunate that such serious accident has taken place,” he said.