Bhatinda: Tragedy struck the Indian women's Kabaddi team when the bus carrying the players met with an accident and caught fire. Two persons were killed and 14 members of the team were injured, 10 of them seriously, when their collided with an Army truck at Cantonment road on Thursday.
The driver of the bus and a policeman escorting the team were killed in the incident, which occurred at a place nearly 250 km from Chandigarh.
Three policemen in the escort vehicle also suffered serious injuries. All of them have been hospitalised.
The injured have been admitted to Bhatinda hospital.
The team was on its way back from a training camp in the midst of the Kabaddi World Cup, the finals for which take place in Ludhiana on November 20th.
The local unit of the Army immediately swung in for the rescue operation after the accident took place, and subsequently the Army ordered a court enquiry into the accident.
Eye witnesses added that the Army truck was trying to overtake a vehicle when it collided head-on with the pilot vehicle coming at high speed from another direction. The jeep was flung aside under the impact of the collision after which the bus collided head on.
The impact of collision was so big that both the vehicles caught fire.
Meanwhile, describing the incident as unfortunate, Punjab Deputy Chief Minister Sukhbir Singh Badal announced ex-gratia to the next kin of the deceased and said the Kabaddi tournament will be held as per schedule.
(With inputs from PTI)