A car in West Bengal with President Pranab Mukherjee’s convoy fell into a gorge in Gorabari, 30 kms from Darjeeling on Friday morning. Five people were injured in the accident.
The accident happened near Sonada when the third vehicle in the Presidential convoy slipped off the road and fell down.
The convoy also had West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee who was also travelling along with the President to Delhi to attend the Inter state council meeting on Saturday.
Among those injured was A P Singh, Chief Security Liaison officer of the President.
Heavy rains and thick fog had led the President to take a road trip on his return leg as Indian Air Force helicopters could not operate.
Army personnel along with those working in the Presidential Secretariat were engaged in the rescue operations. Banerjee was personally supervising the operation while the President had been halted at a safe location ahead.
His Press Secretary Venu Rajamony said the “the President is safe”. Member Parliament and the President’s son Abhijeet Mukherjee also assisted in the rescue operation.
“Rescue team will be rewarded by the West Bengal Govt,” said CM Mamata Banerjee while appreciating the rescue operation.
The incident urged PM Narendra Modi to show concern as he asked for the President’s well being.
(With PTI inputs)