Union HRD Minister Smriti Irani has landed herself in yet another controversy after the victim of Yamuna Expressway accident accused her of not helping the family in distress.
On Saturday (5 March), Irani’s cavalcade had met with an accident on Noida-Agra expressway. The minister had reportedly escaped unhurt.
Taking to twitter, Irani had narrated the entire incident, “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 quiet sometime and ensured they reach a hospital. Pray for their safety. Good Samaritan Manoj Chopra and his wife also helped injured citizens. God bless them for their empathy and kindness. (sic)”
However, the daughter of the victim has now come forward and told ABP News that the minister did not help her even when requested for help by her.
Sandali, whose father Dr Ramesh Nagar, died in the accident, said that her father’s bike was allegedly hit by Irani’s cavalcade.
Sandali says she too was on the bike and was allegedly refused help by the HRD minister when she approached her for help.
She said, “Smriti Irani’s convoy rammed into our car,she came out,I begged her for help but she left.”
Her brother Abhishek told ANI, “My sister literally pleaded with folded hands to Smriti Irani for help,but she did not stop.”
ABP reported that Dr Nagar’s son had stated these events in the FIR filed by him.
The FIR says, “A speeding car with registration number (DL 3C BA 5315), which was part of the cavalcade of HRD minister Smriti Irani, hit a motorbike from behind on which Dr Ramesh Nagar and two children were going for a wedding party.”
A spokesperson from the HRD ministry later told ANI, “Private vehicle, which allegedly hit the biker, who later on died has nothing to do with HRD Minister’s cavalcade. HRD Minister directed SSP Mathura to arrange ambulance immediately so injured could be given medical treatment at earliest.”