Five people were injured when a vehicle in President Pranab Mukherjee’s convoy skidded off the road and falls into a gorge near Darjeeling on Friday morning, while he was supposed to return to Delhi after a three-day trip when the accident happened around 11.30am in Sonada. Both Pranab Mukherjee and West Bengal chief minister Mamata Banerjee, who was part of the convoy, are safe.
Mamata Banerjee was going to Bagdogra from the hill district of her state with President Pranab Mukherjee. President’s cavalcade was travelling just ahead of Banerjee’s when the car escorting her vehicle fell into the gorge. The central Intelligence Bureau officer, a special superintendent of CID, two sub-inspectors of West Bengal police and a state police constable, who was driving the car, were seriously injured in the accident.
The President’s official Twitter handle tweeted:
The accident reportedly took place because of heavy rains and thick fog in the area. After the operation was successful, the cars proceeded for Bagdogra again.
The schedules of the President and the chief minister was delayed by a few minutes, but both Pranab Mukherjee and Mamata Banerjee will reach Delhi in the afternoon.