Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s wife, Jashodaben, was injured and her relative was killed when their car rammed into a truck in Rajasthan’s Chittorgarh district Wednesday morning. The truck driver has been booked under various sections and is being questioned, police said. The accident took place at around 10 am near Katunda area. Police said six people were travelling in the SUV that was badly damaged in the accident.
“Jashodaben, along with her relatives, was returning to Gujarat after attending a wedding in Rajasthan’s Baran district when the accident happened. One person died, while the others, including a child, sustained minor injuries,” said Shyam Singh, SHO of Parsoli police station, Chittorgarh.
“Preliminary investigation suggests that the car was behind a truck which was being driven recklessly. The truck driver suddenly steered the vehicle to the side, which resulted in the car colliding with the back of the truck,” said Rakesh Rajora, circle officer, Begun.
“Preliminary investigation suggests that the deceased, Basantbhai Modi is a cousin of Jashodaben. Basantbhai’s wife Vimlaben was also travelling in the same car and sustained injuries,” said Rajora.
“A commando, who was with the group, was injured and has been admitted at a hospital in Udaipur. Jashodaben returned to Gujarat today evening. Her injuries are not serious,” Harsh Ratnoo, additional superintendent of police, Udaipur told The Indian Express on Wednesday.
“The detained truck driver has been identified as Pooran Yadav, a resident of Hazaribag in Jharkhand,” said constable Rama Ram of Parsoli police station.
A case has been lodged under sections 279 (rash driving or riding on a public way), 337 (causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) and 304A (causing death by negligence) of IPC. Police said that the truck was going from Jamshedpur to Ahmedabad with a consignment of iron pipes.