The HRD ministry on Monday rubbished media reports on the involvement of a vehicle from union minister Smriti Irani's cavalcade in an accident on the Yamuna Expressway, stating that 'the vehicle had nothing to do with the cavalcade' but family members of a doctor killed in that road accident have accused the Human Resource Development Minister of looking away from the dying man and driving off.
Agra: Smriti Irani's convoy rammed into our car,she came out,I begged her for help but she left-Daughter of victim pic.twitter.com/d04zWUvuIO
— ANI (@ANI_news) March 7, 2016
Speaking to The Hindu, the victim's daughter Sandli said her father lay bleeding on the road as Smriti Irani drove away. Sandli told The Hindu that she begged the minister to help but she "refused".
She went on to say that even as she was begging for help, another car belonging to the Minister’s convoy again hit her father who was trying to rise on his feet, reports Shiv Sunny in The Hindu.
But the HRD ministry and Mathura police version is very different.
The Indian Express reports that Mathura police has registered a case which says that a Honda City hit the bike and the car bears a Delhi registration number.
The Mathura police insists that the car involved in the accident was not part of the convoy but Sandli maintains that she saw a BJP flag on the car that hit them, reports Times of India.
"In sections of the media, a news story is being run regarding the accident on the Yamuna Expressway late March 5 night, which mentioned that a vehicle (Honda City) with registration number DL-3C-BA-5315 allegedly hit a biker. It is clarified that this vehicle has nothing to do with minister's cavalcade," read an HRD ministry clarification.
"...union Human Resource Minister Smriti Zubin Irani had directed the SSP of Mathura to arrange an ambulance immediately so that the injured could be given medical treatment at the earliest," the statement added.
The FIR stated, “Smriti Irani’s convoy was passing (by) in which one car hit the motorbike… the driver left his vehicle and is absconding”.
Irani escaped with minor injuries after a vehicle, allegedly part of her cavalcade, hit a motorcycle, killing Dr Ramesh Nagar and injuring his daughter Sandali and nephew Pankaj on Saturday night.
After the incident, in a series of tweets, Irani said: "For all enquiring re my accident - I'm fine. Thank you for the concern and wishes."
"There was a pile up of vehicles due to an accident on the Expressway. Unfortunately the police vehicle before mine & my car also crashed."
"Tried to help the injured who were lying on the road for quite sometime and ensured they reach a hospital. Pray for their safety," she said in another tweet.
"Good Samaritan Manoj Chopra and his wife also helped injured citizens. God bless them for their empathy and kindness," she added.
Tried to help the injured who were lying on the road for quiet sometime and ensured they reach a hospital. Pray for their safety.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 5, 2016