New Delhi: Prime Minister Narendra Moditoday called up President Pranab Mukherjee and enquired about his well being after a vehicle in his convoy met with accident near Darjeeling. The President was on his way to Bagdogra airport to fly back to Delhi after a four-day trip to the region when the third car in his convoy skidded off the road and went down a 100-feet gorge, injuring six persons.
“The President is safe,” Mukherjee Press Secretary Venu Rajamony said. Due to poor visibility, the car carrying Security Liasion Officer of the Intelligence Bureau and local police officials–skidded off the road while negotiating a bend and hurtled down a 100-feet deep gorge before being stopped by two trees, police.
The personnel were rescued after a 45-minute operation and Mukherjee briefly halted at a safe location. The Rashtrapati Bhavan tweeted, “Car in President’s carcade from Darjeeling to Bagdogra goes off road, minor injuries to security personnel; #PresidentMukherjee safe”. Mukherjee, 80, later proceeded towards the airport. PTI
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