RAJKOT, GUJARAT: A promising future was tragically cut short on Wednesday night when Majok Gabriel Piok, a 21-year-old civil engineering student from South Sudan, was killed in a road accident near Rajkot. Piok, a native of Juba, the capital of his home country, was riding his scooter towards Marwadi University, where he had enrolled in 2022, when a truck rammed into him from behind.
The fatal collision, which occurred around 9.15 pm near Ratanpar village, left Piok with critical injuries. Rushed to the Pandit Deendayal Upadhyay Government Hospital, he was declared dead by doctors.
The truck driver, identified as Dinesh Singh Pratap Singh, surrendered to the police and has been booked under sections of the Indian Penal Code related to causing death by negligence, rash driving, and endangering life. An investigation is underway, although police currently believe foul play is unlikely.
Piok’s passing has cast a shadow over Marwadi University, known for its diverse student body of around 1,600 international students from 52 countries. While not residing in the university hostel, Piok was a valued member of the campus community.
The university, working with the Indian Customs department and the South Sudan ambassador to India, is now facilitating the repatriation of Piok’s remains to his grieving family. His untimely death is a stark reminder of the fragility of life and the importance of road safety.
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