Aam Aadmi Party leader and Delhi Labour Minister Gopal Rai has found himself in the middle of a controversy after a security vehicle tailing his own overturned in Chhattisgarh’s Maoist-hit Kanker district, leaving one policeman dead and five injured.
Political rivals accused Rai of insensitivity and said that he left the injured policemen at the spot, and the delay in getting medical attention led to the policeman’s death.
At a press meet in Raipur Saturday, AAP said Rai did not know about the accident immediately, and that it was a group of AAP volunteers who arranged for a vehicle to ferry the injured to hospital. Nagesh Banchhor, state president of the party, said, “There was a pilot vehicle in front of the one with Gopal Rai, with another travelling a kilometre behind. The tyre of the tailing vehicle burst and the two cars in front did not know what had happened.”
Rai, who spoke to the media in Raipur, said the allegations were levelled by BJP as it was afraid of AAP making inroads into the state.