WEB DESK: A four-year-old child was killed when politician Hema Malini’s speeding Mercedes hit a Maruti Alto in Rajasthan on Thursday evening. The driver of Hema Malini’s car has been arrested this morning after a first information report or FIR was filed.
The accident killed the four-year-old girl in the other car and injured three passengers and the driver, who were also taken to hospital, the Press Trust of India quoted a local administrator as saying.
His other son, six-year-old, was rushed to Jaipur’s SMS hospital and is undergoing treatment in the ICU, the child has fractures in both legs.
“I was taking a turn on the Dausa bypass. There was a car ahead of my car which also passed through and suddenly I don’t know from where this car came in and rammed us… after that I don’t know what happened,” Harsh recounted.
A senior police officer from Dausa, where the accident took place about 60 km from state capital Jaipur, said on Thursday night, “I am being told the Mercedes was speeding. It drove over the divider.” However, he also said the driver of the Alto may not have been paying attention while entering the section of the highway where the collision took place.
Actor-turned politician Hema Malini, 66, is not seriously hurt. Photographs showed the severely crumpled front end of her luxury car and the actor holding a bloodied handkerchief as her forehead bled.
She was treated for minor injuries in a Jaipur hospital where staff said she walked in unaided and received four stitches.
“Hema has injuries above her eyes, on her back and legs. I drove her to the hospital in my car. She was in pain,” Rajasthan lawmaker Shankar Lal Sharma told reporters on Thursday night.
Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje who, like Hema Malini belongs to the BJP, tweeted, “Deeply saddened by the news of Dausa accident. I pray for the victims. We’re making all efforts to provide immediate relief and medical care.”
Malini, an MP from northern Uttar Pradesh state, was reportedly travelling from the Taj Mahal city of Agra to Rajasthan’s capital of Jaipur when the accident occurred.
Deadly traffic accidents are common in India, with more than 200,000 fatalities annually, according to the World Health Organization.
Last year, BJP MP Gopinath Munde was killed in an accident in New Delhi, barely a week after taking up his new post as rural affairs minister in Modi’s right-wing cabinet.
Transport analysts attribute the huge number of accidents to poor roads, badly maintained vehicles and reckless driving.
Source: NDTV, AFP