PUNE: Six persons including five wrestlers were killed and eight wrestlers were injured in a head-on collision between a jeep and a tractor on Friday night in Wangi village of Kadegaon taluka in Sangli on Satara-Sangli road.
A case is lodged against the tractor driver at Chinchni-Wangi police station. Acoording to police officials of Chinchni-Wangi police station of Sangli, the incident occurred around 10.45 pm. 13 wrestlers and a jeep driver were travelling in the jeep when it collided head-on with a tractor. The jeep driver lost control and five of the 13 wrestlers were killed on the spot. Locals and people passing by rushed the injured persons to a hospital in Miraj and the injured wrestlers are presently under treatment.
The police have identified the deceased as Shubham Gharge (23), Akash Desai (23), Vijay Shinde (21), Saurabh Mane (20) and Avinash Gaikwad(21). Along with these five, the driver of their vehicle Ranjeet Dhanawade(25) also died in the mishap. The police said that the all these wrestlers had gone to Aundh village in Satara to participate in a wrestling competition.
After the competition got over, they started from Satara late in the night on Friday and they were heading to Sangli when the accident took place.
“The wrestlers had their dinner at a friend’s house and started their journey towards Sangli. As they crossed Wangi and were heading towards Kudal, they rammed the jeep into a tractor. The tractor driver, Dinkar Pawar, was heading towards Wangi after emptying his tractor of sugarcane when the incident took place. Pawar is yet to be arrested and is a resident of Sangli.” added a police official from Chinchni- Wangi police station.
Both the vehicles were severely damaged in the incident. The police said that the injured eight wrestlers are under treatment and are out of danger.
The locals said that the deceased wrestlers won prize money in the Friday wrestling competition and Saurabh Mane was about to go to Punjab for another competition. Deputy Superintendent Amarsingh Nimbalkar visited the spot. The bodies of the deceased were handed over to their relatives after autopsy at a regional hospital in Chinchani.