What exactly happened on the night of 5 March, 2016 is shrouded in mystery. What we do know is that one man was killed and two children riding with him suffered injuries after the motorcycle the trio was riding met with an accident on the Yamuna Expressway. Whether or not a cavalcade belonging to Union Human Resource Development Minister Smriti Irani was involved in the accident is still not known, and that is the mystery that turns murkier by the day.
The Times of India has reported that the son of the deceased doctor has written a letter to President Pranab Mukherjee, saying he was forced by the police to “mention the wrong registration number” in his FIR.
Abhishek Nagar, son of the deceased, Dr Ramesh Nagar, has accused Irani of being insensitive and maintained that it was her convoy which knocked his father down. “The station in-charge of Manth police station refused to register the case if I didn’t mention the number in the FIR. The inspector claimed that he had seized the car, but was reluctant to show it,” the letter stated.
And though the victims have alleged Irani’s involvement, the minister said that she was herself a victim in the crash. “There was a pile up of vehicles due to an accident on the expressway. Unfortunately the police vehicle before mine & my car also crashed,” she had tweeted on Sunday morning, a few hours after the accident.
There was a pile up of vehicles due to an accident on the expressway. Unfortunately the police vehicle before mine & my car also crashed.
— Smriti Z Irani (@smritiirani) March 5, 2016
Commenting on the accident, SSP Mathura, Rakesh Singh, said the minister’s car had nothing to do with the accident. “The bike was hit by a Honda City car. Two other cars also hit it. Then came Smriti Irani’s pilot vehicle. The minister reached the spot 7-8 minutes after the accident. She got out and called our control room for help,” Singh said.
Zee News released the official comments made by Irani’s office, and they categorically denied having been involved with the accident. “It is clarified hereunder that this vehicle has nothing to do with HRD Minister’s cavalcade, while it is to be noted that Union HRD Minister, Smt. Smriti Zubin Irani, had directed SSP, Mathura, to arrange ambulance immediately so that injured could be given medical treatment at the earliest,” it said.
But clearly, these remarks has done little to clear the web of allegations that the Union minister finds herself shrouded in. And things are only getting murkier.
(With agency inputs)