Hyderabad: Two students were killed and four suffered injuries after an SUV they were travelling in crashed into an electric pole at Aramghar in Hyderabad. The victims were part of a group of nine students who had sneaked out of their college campus to celebrate the birthday of one of them.

Victims Tarun Kumar and D. Uday Shankar, both aged 19, were being coached for IIT at Narayana Varma campus at Madhapur, said the police. On Thursday night, the two and seven other students, all from the Telugu states, scaled the campus wall reportedly without the knowledge of the authorities.

Outside the campus, the police said, the students celebrated their friend’s birthday and then hired a Safari Storme for a visit to the airport, where they spent some time, having fun. However, the party was cut short on their return.

On the Aramghar-Mehdipatham stretch, when the vehicle was near pillar no 221 of the PVNR Expressway, the person at the wheel lost control of the vehicle and swerved it to the extreme left. The SUV hit a pole on the roadside and turned turtle.

The police attributed overspeeding to the accident. A case was registered at Rajendranagar police station and the bodies were sent for port-mortem.

Tarun’s brother-in-law says, “Colllege management should be held responsible for the incident. How can the students leave the college premises, without  the permission of management. Some say they left, without permission. We are hearing different versions from college management.”

Both of the students were exceptional in studies and they were a single child to their parents. 

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