President Mukherjee safe after minor accident in his convoy in Sweden

Hindustan Times | By, New Delhi
Jun 03, 2015 08:59 AM IST

President Pranab Mukherjee was safe after a car in his convoy crashed in Sweden on way to a university on Tuesday evening.

President Pranab Mukherjee is safe after a "minor" accident in his convoy on way to a Swedish university on Tuesday evening.


Rashtrapati Bhavan said the President's car was not involved in the accident, adding a vehicle at the tail of the convoy got hit after it stopped suddenly.

A couple of cars following it hit against each other, but there were no injuries, a source said.

Indian officers were in the damaged cars, the source added.

Officials could not confirm why one car in the convoy had apply brakes suddenly. “It was not a case of any car coming from outside and hitting the convoy,” a source said.

The President was on his way to address a gathering at a Swedish university from the royal palace when the incident took place.

The President’s press secretary, Venu Rajamony, told HT, “The President as well as all people in the convoy are absolutely safe. There was no harm to the car in which the President was travelling. The function in the university was held as per schedule. And now we are going to Belarus.”

President Mukherjee is on a historic visit to Sweden. He is the first Indian head of state to visit the country.

President Mukherjee was on a historic visit to Sweden and became the first Indian head of state to visit the country. The university event was Mukherjee’s last programme in country.

The Local, a news website focusing on European news, reported Sweden's Crown Princess Victoria and her husband Prince Daniel were also making the journey. Crown Princess Victoria and Prince Daniel escaped unhurt, it quoted the Swedish Royal Court as saying.

According to The Local, Mukherjee and the Swedish royals were headed for the Uppsala University.

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