Police on Friday arrested BJP lawmaker Hema Malini’s driver, a day after her Mercedes collided with a Maruti Alto in Rajasthan killing a two-year-old girl and leaving the actor and four others injured.

    He was produced in court and later granted bail. Officials said Uttar Pradesh resident Mahesh Thakur, the accused, was facing charges of culpable homicide and causing death by negligence.

    Television footage showed Mathura MP Hema Malini walking away from the spot with blood dripping down her face following the crash on National Highway 11 near Dausa district in the western state.

    The incident brought the spotlight back on India’s dangerous roads where about 200,000 people die every year in traffic accidents, according to WHO data. Last year, Hema Malini’s party colleague Gopinath Munde was killed in a car crash in Delhi nearly a week after the 64-year-old took office as the country’s rural affairs minister.

    While the infant travelling in the Maruti hatchback reportedly died on the spot, her parents, a four-year-old brother and an aunt are undergoing treatment at a government hospital in Jaipur.

    Hema Malini, who was in the back seat of the Mercedes, was admitted to a private medical centre with a nasal fracture and injuries to her forehead, cheeks and legs.

    “A surgery of debridement (removal of damaged tissues) and repair of lacerated wounds was carried out post-midnight,” said Pratim Tambole, facility director at the Fortis hospital. “It was a two-hour long process under general anaesthesia. She is now in post-operative intensive care unit.”

    The 66-year-old actor was going to Jaipur after visiting a temple in Rajasthan’s Karauli district when her car crashed into the Maruti Alto carrying the family headed to Lalsot city.

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Nupur takes to teaching fellow inmates in jail

  • PTI, Ghaziabad
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  • Updated: May 04, 2012 19:47 IST

Denied any relief by courts, Nupur Talwar, who is lodged in Dasna Jail in Ghaziabad since Monday in connection with killing of her daughter Aarushi and domestic help Hemraj, has started teaching other women inmates.

"Nupur Tawar expressed desire to teach other inmates which we have allowed," jail superintendent Viresh Raj Sharma said.

Talwar, who is a dentist, is facing trial in the 2008 double-murder case along with her husband Rajesh.

Sharma said Nupur taught Hindi and English to inmates.

After the courts rejected her bail plea, Nupur had been distraught. Later, she asked for permission to teach fellow inmates to spend her time, jail officials said, adding that she has been praying and doing yoga regularly.

"She has been reading books available in the jail and has also examined children who are staying in prioson with their mothers," they said.

Nupur also expressed desire to develop a park in the jail, they said.

Sharma said that Nupur is "looking quite normal".

Talwar, who is prime accused in the case, on Thursday initiated the process for filing a bail petition in the Allahabad High Court, a day after she was denied relife by Ghaziabad court.

Aarushi and Hemraj were found murdered inside the residence of the Noida-based dentist couple four years ago.

The case was referred to the CBI by the Uttar Pradesh government following an outcry over shoddy investigation by the police.

A special CBI court at Ghaziabad had earlier rejected Talwar's bail plea saying, "The legal history is replete with instances of matricide, patricide and fratricide. Everything is possible in these days of modern era wherein moral values are fast declining and one can stoop to the lowest extent."


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