Road death: Victim kin, Smriti Irani differ on what happened

Road death: Victim kin, Smriti Irani differ on what happened

Smriti Irani, soon after the accident, tweeted saying that she "tried to help the injured who were lying on the road."

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The accident had caused a huge pileup on the expressway and Irani tweeted saying that she “tried to help the injured who were lying on the road.”

TWO DAYS after Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani’s cavalcade was allegedly involved in an accident that left one dead and two injured, the victim’s family has alleged that Irani ignored their pleas to take them to a hospital.

Sandali Nagar, the 13-year-old daughter of Dr Ramesh Nagar who was killed, said she requested Irani to take them to hospital. Her remarks contradict Irani’s statements after the accident, when she claimed that she had “tried to help the injured” and “ensured they reached a hospital”.

Irani was unhurt after her motorcade, including the car she was in, rammed another car that had allegedly hit a motorcycle, killing Dr Nagar and injuring his daughter Sandali and nephew Pankaj.

Speaking to The Indian Express, Sandali said, “Around 8.30 pm, our bike was hit by a car which was in Smriti Irani’s convoy. Irani got down and we begged her for help, but she did not respond. My father was conscious then. Had she helped, my father would still be alive.”
Sandali said that after Irani left, another car rammed her father crushing his skull. “The other car was also from the convoy,” she alleged. She added that after 15 minutes, a passer-by stopped and called police who took them to the Mathura District Hospital.


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Meanwhile, Mathura police have registered a case, recording that a Honda City had hit the bike, based on inputs from local residents and other witnesses. The car bears a Delhi registration number.

The FIR stated, “Smriti Irani’s convoy was passing (by) in which one car hit the motorbike… the driver left his vehicle and is absconding”.

However, Mathura Senior Superintendent of Police Rakesh Singh said the accident occurred five minutes before Irani’s convoy passed. A police jeep from Mathura, engaged with the minister’s convoy, had reached the spot and helped the injured.

The SSP also denied that any vehicle from the minister’s convoy hit the doctor’s two-wheeler.

In a statement on Monday afternoon, the HRD Ministry said: “This vehicle (Honda City) has nothing to do with HRD Minister’s cavalcade, while it is to be noted that Union HRD Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani had directed SSP Mathura to arrange ambulance immediately so that the injured could be given medical treatment at the earliest.”

In a series of tweets immediately after the accident, Irani had said, “For all enquiring re my accident — I’m fine. Thank you for the concern and wishes… There was a pile up of vehicles due to an accident on the expressway… Unfortunately the police vehicle before mine & my car also crashed… Tried to help the injured who were lying on the road for quite sometime and ensured they reach a hospital. Pray for their safety.”