Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday spoke to President Pranab Mukherjee and asked about his well being after an escort car for the latter fell into a gorge in Gorabari near Sonada in Darjeeling hills.
All six security personnel traveling in the car were rescued in an operation that was overseen by West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee.
“Thank you for your co-operation. The President is also waiting at Kurseong. He called me twice. We will head there after rescuing everyone,” she said.
“I declare that the rescue team will be rewarded by the state government,” she added.
Banerjee’s convoy of cars was just behind that of President Mukherjee’s as they drove downhill to Bagdogra from Darjeeling, where the West Bengal Government had hosted a reception for him during his three-day visit.
The incident took place when the convoy was on its way to the Bagdogra Airport.