Trinamool Congress MP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee sustained injuries on Tuesday when his vehicle met with an accident on National Highway-2 near Singur while he was returning to Kolkata from Murshidabad. Ten policemen of the 28-year-old MP’s convoy were also injured in the accident.
Following the incident, Mamata has ordered a CID probe into the reasons leading to the accident. Two special teams from CID and Kolkata Police are inquiring into the cause of the accident, a senior CID officer said.
“Abhishek Banerjee was injured when the vehicle he was travelling in met with an accident on the Durgapur Expressway near Singur in Hooghly district. He was immediately taken to the hospital,” ADG (Law and Order) Anuj Sharma said.
The accident took place around 4.30 pm when Abhishek was returning from a meeting in Behrampore. Near Himadri Chemicals on the Durgapur Expressway, his car hit a milk van, which was being towed away. Police sources said Abhishek’s car hit the van at a speed over 100 km per hour and overturned. The car was being followed by a vehicle in which party leader Manas Bhunia was travelling.
Bhuniya, who recently joined the Trinamool from Congress, rushed Abhishek to Kolkata’s Belle Vue Clinic. Abhishek had reportedly sustained injuries on his face, head and shoulder and was admitted to the Intensive Therapy Unit (ITU).
“President Pranab Mukherjee called me up and inquired about Abhishek’s health condition… He is stable now. Doctors are investigating the nature of his injuries,” said Mamata. “Even as five policemen were released after preliminary treatment, I have asked all the 10 people, who were in Abhishek’s convoy, to go for a thorough medical check up at Belle Vue,” she added.
Referring to earlier incidents in which other cars had came close to Abhishek’s convoy, the CM said police would investigate why such things are repeatedly happening. May be the driver had fallen asleep, she said.
Hospital sources said a medical board has been formed for Abhishek’s treatment. “Mr Banerjee’s injuries are being investigated thoroughly. He has been taken to the ITU and a CT Scan and other tests have already been done. After the reports are available, a medical bulletin will be released,” Belle Vue Clinic CEO P Tondon said.
Doctors said while Abhishek was stable, he was not completely out of danger. “His vital parameters are ok. Primary tests show no complications. There is an injury under his left eye and he has bled a lot. Right now he is stable but there are areas of concern,” said a senior doctor, adding that Abhishek would be kept under observation for the next 72 hours.
Late night, Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Mamata to enquire about Abhishelk’s health. Governor Kesari Nath Tripathi also visited the nursing home.