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UP minister’s car hits, kills one in Hardoi; driver arrested

The driver of Uttar Pradesh’s minister of state for rural development, Omkar Singh Yadav ran into a cart owner on the Hardoi -Lucknow Monday night, killing the 25-year-old man on the spot.

india Updated: Jan 03, 2017 12:49 IST
HT Correspondent
HT Correspondent
Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Car belonging to UP state minister Omkar Singh Yadav hit a handcart in Hardoi killing one on Monday night. (Twitter/@ANI_news)

A 25-year-old cart owner was killed on the Hardoi-Lucknow highway when the driver of Uttar Pradesh’s rural development junior minister Omkar Singh Yadav ran the minister’s official car into him Monday night. The minister was not present in the vehicle.

Hardoi police superintendent Rajiv Malhotra said the cart owner died on spot. The accident took place at 9 pm. Police have arrested the driver, Mohit and registered an FIR.

The cart owner’s death enraged the locals who then blocked the highway in protest. The police and district administration pacified the crowd and opened the road for traffic.

Police claimed the driver told them that he had gone to Badaun to drop an associate of the minister and was returning to Lucknow. He said visibility was poor due to darkness and fog and he could not spot the cart owner on the highway.

HT tried to contact the minister but there was no response.

First Published: Jan 03, 2017 12:11 IST