Published: Sun, January 14, 2018
People | By Leon Thompson

Road mishap kills five wrestlers in Maharashtra

Road mishap kills five wrestlers in Maharashtra

Six people, including five wrestlers, were killed in a road accident in the Sangli district of Maharashtra on Saturday, January 13, morning.

"The driver has also been charged with relevant sections of the Motor Vehicle Act", the police official added.

Five wrestlers and a driver were killed in a major road accident between their SUV and a tractor carrying sugarcane that took place on the Kadegaon-Sangli road. At Wangi near Kadegaon-Sangli tehsil town, speedy jeep collided with a sugarcane tractor resulting in the death of six wrestlers on the spot while eight others were seriously injured, who were admitted in the Sangli Civil Hospital.

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A senior Police officer told that the accident occurred when the wrestlers were returning from Aundh village after participating in a wrestling competition.

Two cases of athletes dying in road accidents really call into question the road safety regulations in India and the need to ensure one's safety while travelling late at night. All the deceased wrestlers belonged to Kranti Kushti Sankul institution, which has been dominating the state-level tournaments in recent years, and were expected to make the grade for the national championships soon. The SUV rammed into the vehicle and the wrestlers died on the spot. "It is very sad and shocking, for us", said Sharad Lad, the institution's secretary, was quoted as saying in an IANS report.

The mishap took place at around 4 am when the sportsmen were returning to Delhi in their Maruti Suzuki Swift DZire auto after attending an athletic meet in Panipat. Four of them were dead by the time they reached the hospital.

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