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Union minister suffered liver rupture, cervical fractures: Health Minister

Gopinath Munde dies in road mishap

Pankaja Munde, Gopinath Munde's daughter, during the funeral procession of late BJP leader at BJP's office in Mumbai on Tuesday. (PTI)
Pankaja Munde, Gopinath Munde’s daughter, during the funeral procession of late BJP leader at BJP’s office in Mumbai on Tuesday. (PTI)

New Delhi: Senior BJP leader and Union Minister for Rural Development Gopinath Munde died on Tuesday morning after a road accident in Delhi.

Munde, 64, was on his way to the Indira Gandhi International Airport to fly to his constituency, Beed in Maharashtra, to address a celebratory rally, when his Maruti Suzuki SX4 was hit by a Tata Indica at the Prithviraj road-Tughlaq road roundabout in the heart of the capital.

Munde, due to the impact, suffered a rupture in his liver and lost one or two litres of blood, Union Health Minister Harsh Vardhan said. The rural development minister also suffered cervical fractures and oxygen to the brain and lungs may have been cut off, Dr Vardhan added.

“Munde was brought to the emergency department of Jai Prakash Narain Apex Trauma Centre, AIIMS at 6:30 AM by his personal assistant and driver. Munde was sitting in the backseat of his car which was hit by another car or any other vehicle at around 6:20 AM from the side he was sitting,” Dr Amit Gupta of the Trauma Centre told reporters.

“On his arrival at the Trauma Centre, there was no spontaneous breathing, no blood pressure, no pulse, no cardiac activity. So immediately Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was started and continued for the next 15 minutes. Despite resuscitative measures, Munde could not be revived and was declared dead at 7:20 AM,” he said.

A senior police official said the driver of the Tata Indica, an employee of a transport company, collided with Munde’s car, which was travelling towards Safdarjung road from Prithviraj road.

The Indica was coming towards Tughlaq road, a little over a kilometre from Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s official residence, and hit Mr Munde’s car towards the passenger side where the senior BJP leader was sitting.

Munde’s secretary S Nair said that the Union Minister received a huge shock after the accident and apparently suffered a massive heart attack.

Munde had some minor aberrations on his nose, the police said, and added “after the accident, Mr Munde sought water and asked his driver to take him to the hospital.”

The driver of the Indica was detained from the spot and booked under Indian Penal Code’s sections 304A and 279 for death due to negligence and rash driving. He was later granted bail by a Delhi court. (Agencies)

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