Gopinath Munde dies in Delhi road accident
The minister was traveling to the airport in his official white colour Maruti SX4 car bearing number DL 8C BF 0034. Munde was sitting on the left rear seat and was reading a newspaper at the time of the accident. His official driver Virender Kumar, who had recently joined his staff, was on the wheel. His personal security officer Surender Nayyar from Delhi Police was sitting on the left side front seat.
‘A speeding silver-coloured Tata Indica (DL 7C E 5459), which was coming towards Tuglak road. It jumped the red light and dashed into Munde’s car that was coming from Prithviraj Road. The incident took place at around 6.40 am,’ Mukesh Kumar Meena, joint commissioner of police (New Delhi range) said.
The Tata Indica hit the government vehicle on the left rear side with great impact, the brunt of which was borne by the minister. Due to the forceful impact, Munde reportedly fell down in the car. The PSO helped Munde to sit up. Munde then demanded water from the driver and asked him to take him to the hospital. Midway, he fell unconscious. Meanwhile, the errant driver identified as Gurvinder Singh (32), a resident of Sultanpur (near Mehrauli) in south Delhi, made a PCR call and gave information about the accident. He was arrested and later in the afternoon produced at the local court from where he was released on bail.
Munde was taken to the emergency department of Jai Prakash Narain Apex Trauma Centre of the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS). ‘When he arrived the Trauma centre, there was no spontaneous breathing, no blood pressure, no pulse, no cardiac activity. Immediately Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) was started and continued for the next 15 minutes. But Munde could not be revived and was declared dead at 7:20 am,’ Amit Gupta, the attending doctor at AIIMS, told the reporters. The doctors at AIIMS said that Munde died due to multiple internal injuries while there was no visible injury on his body. His body was handed over to his family at around 12.30 pm, from where he was taken to the BJP office in a military truck with state honours.
Union health minister Dr Harsh Vardhan was the first to reach AIIMS to supervise ante-mortem and post-mortem examinations. Other BJP leaders such as Smriti Irani and Nitin Gadkari also visited the hospital to pay their condolences. Gadkari arrived at hospital with Munde’s relatives. Later, PM Narendra Modi and Rahul Gandhi visited the BJP office to pay condolences. The body was flown in the evening to Mumbai and would be cremated on Wednesday at Munde’s native district of Beed.