CHITTORGARH — Prime Minister Narendra Modi's wife Jashodaben had a miraculous escape while a relative died when their Innova car rammed into a truck in Chittorgarh in Rajasthan, police said.
The prime minister's wife was taken to a Chittorgarh hospital. "She is out of danger and has been discharged," sources told IANS.
Shyam Singh, station house officer, Thana Parsoli, said Jashodaben "didn't sustain any major injuries and she has been discharged."
According to information, Jashodaben was traveling in an Innova with four other people when their vehicle collided with a truck on the Chittorgarh-Kota four-lane road.
Jashodaben's relative Basant Bhai Modi, 67, died on the spot, while the latter's wife, Vimla Modi, was seriously injured.
The accident occurred around 45 km from the district headquarters under the Parsoli station area in Katunda village. Jashodaben and her family were headed to Chittorgarh after attending a function in Kota. Images on social media showed the car was badly smashed in the collision.
Besides the prime minister's wife and the female relative, a gunman, and a five-year-old child were also injured.
They were rushed to Chittorgarh hospital. The gunman and Vimla Modi were referred to Udaipur hospital, police control room officials said, and are out of danger.
The driver of the truck has been arrested and the truck seized.
According to police, the truck driver applied the emergency brakes, and the Innova, which was right behind, crashed into it.
Police are not sure why the driver applied emergency brakes, Chittorgarh police sources said.
According to police, the gunman was identified as Yatendra, 45, and was a commando. Vimla Modi, 62, is resident of Unjha; and Bansi, the five-year-old girl, is Rakesh Modi’s daughter. Bansi has been discharged from the hospital.
The driver of the Innova, Sanjay Thakur, was also injured.
Senior Congress leader Ashok Gehlot tweeted about the accident, "Sad to learn about the road accident near #Chittorgarh, #Rajasthan in which #Jashodaben and others got injured and one person died... May God give strength to bereaved family... Hope and pray those injured recover soon."
Senior police officers and administration officials rushed to Chittorgarh hospital.