Bollywood actor, Deep Sidhu has been killed in a horror car crash with a truck on a motorway.
The 37-year-old Punjabi star was travelling on the Kundli-Manesar-Palwal Expressway that bypasses Delhi when the accident occurred on Tuesday night.
The actor was rushed to a hospital but was declared dead when brought in.
“Deep Sidhu died in the accident. A woman accompanying him has been admitted to the hospital with some injuries,” said police inspector Jaspal Singh.
“An investigation to determine the exact cause of the accident is underway.”
Photos from the scene showed a white Mahindra Scorpio, which Sidhu was driving, smashed into the rear of a trailer truck following the crash at approximately 9.30pm on Tuesday (15 February).
The actor attracted controversy for his role in the widespread protests against farm laws that took place across India last year.
The Rang Punjab actor was arrested after being accused of leading a group of protesters in storming Delhi’s historic Red Fort using tractors on January 26.
The protesters had clashed with police on the fringes of the largely peaceful rally.
Police launched a manhunt which lasted two weeks in a bid to arrest the actor and a £1000 reward offered for information.
After being arrested he was held in jail for two months before being granted bail.
The chief minister of his home state Charanjit S Channi wrote: “Deeply saddened to learn about the unfortunate demise of renowned actor and social activist Deep Sidhu
“My thoughts and prayers are with the bereaved family and fans.”
Born in Punjab state, Sidhu started his career as a model before landing a role in the film Ramta Jogi in 2015, according to CNN affiliate CNN News-18.
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