West Bengal Police initiates probe into Pranab's accident
Police in West Bengal initiates an inquiry into last night's road accident that left Pranab Mukherjee seriously injured.Updated: Apr 08, 2007, 21:53 IST
Police in West Bengal have initiated an inquiry into last night's road accident at Nakashipara in Nadia district that left External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee seriously injured.
IGP (Law and Order) Raj Kanojia said it was a routine inquiry that is usually conducted when a VVIP with Z-category security is seriously injured in an accident.
He said police in Nadia district was conducting the inquiry in coordination with the district administration to ascertain details of how the accident, which could have been fatal, occurred.
The state's Intelligence Branch (Special Security) Director A K Maliwal told the agency on phone from Delhi that a special team had also rushed to the site to probe the accident.
Since the state IB was responsible for the security of VVIPs during their movement in the state, the team would inquire into the accident and prepare a report to be submitted to the state government.
The probe by the state police, particularly by the IB, was important since the Congress has alleged there were lapses in Mukherjee's security and demanded an inquiry to find out how a truck could hit the minister's car.
The accident could have been fatal had Mukherjee not travelled in a bulletproof car, the Congress said.
Mukherjee, who was returning to Kolkata from Murshidabad district, was today flown to New Delhi by a special aircraft for treatment.