AYUSH minister Shripad Naik hospitalised after road accident at Ankola - Wife, PA killed

Ankola (Karnataka)/Panaji (Goa), Jan 11 (IANS): Union Minister Shripad Yesso Naik was critically injured while his wife and an aide were killed after his car hit a tree in Karnataka's Uttara Kannada district on Monday night, police said.

According to the police, the accident occurred at around 8 p.m. when Naik's driver tried to negotiate a blind curve in mountainous terrain near Ankola and hit the tree on the road side.

The police said that Naik, who is the Ayush Minister as well as Minister of State for Defence, is said to be very critical and was shifted to a hospital in Panaji after first aid at a local government hospital, where his wife, Vijaya and his aide, Dipak Gume were declared dead.

"The family was on its way to visit to the Gante Ganapati temple (Bell Ganesha) in Yellapur taluk and then the Gokarna temple," the police said.

The police officer added that Naik may have visited Ankola, which is around 500 km from Bengaluru, to meet his wife's relatives and this accident took place when they were going to visit temples thereafter.

"The vehicle appears to have lost control due to over speeding as the impact of the accident was such that when the vehicle hit the huge tree on the roadside, it rolled twice in the air, fell on the road and skidded some distance due to impact," the police officer who was on the spot told IANS on the condition of anonymity.

The officer said that along with the minister, there were five others in the vehicle including his wife and the driver. "Three others were injured but not critically," the officer said.

Karnataka Chief Minister B.S. Yediyurappa expressed shock over the accident. "My heartfelt condolences on the tragic death of Smt Naik and prayers for the speedy recovery of Naik and those injured," he tweeted.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant and asked him to ensure the best treatment to Naik.

Defence Minister Rajnath Singh too spoke to the CM and offered any assistance required including air-lifting of the Minister.





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  • Rudolf Rodrigues, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    Rip departed souls, wish the injured a fast recovery!
    One thing I am not able to comprehend is lots of gory accidents happen, wiping out entire families, when they are visiting or returning back from a pilgrimage???
    Just day before 3 people from Kundapur perished after attending family religious rituals while returning to Bangalore, leaving behind a 1.5 year child!

    BTW, a similar type of famous bell temple is there in Khar, Mumbai dedicated to Lord Hanuman!

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    Some 20 years back a famous Udupi Hotel owner of Mumbai had died in a car accident after attending a religious function.

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  • Dr Kusuma Kumari Gunji, Nellore/Kodyadka

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    The basic cause of the most accident is speed. I feel the vehicle was probably driven at an extra speed at the turn which caused the accident When driving through ghat sections always drive at slow pace Then only we can avoid accidents I feel very sad at lost lives

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  • damodar bangera, mumbai

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    Om Shanthi

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  • Dylan, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    I really cannot understand why MLA, ministers vehicle's are driven so fast.

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  • Monty Dotor, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    SPEED has 5 alphabets so has DEATH, SAFE has 4 so has LIFE.

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  • Sanjay, Hebri

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    Toyota cars are very weakly built.

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  • Satyajit, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    Have been driving on this road since 2001 . It has been easily one of best built and maintained roads in our country. I drive the same vehicle as the minister was traveling in. It is obvious this driver was speeding .
    Moreover, this vehicle is equipped with 7 airbags which are of no use if passengers aren't wearing seat belts. The passenger shell doesn't look so bad , but it's obvious that the occupants weren't wearing seat belts.

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  • paul, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    I totally adree with you .
    Next is driver as he given enough rest .
    These ministers want to travel evrywhere but they dont give rest to drivers .
    I have seen drivers not given enough time for food also .Even drinking water has to be oaid from thier pocket .
    SO this accident is because of fatigue .
    Its Toyota haaa. Nothing is safe when your time comes .

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  • Anil, Mangalore

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    Most of the drivers of these politicians drive extremely fast and rash thereby endangering the lives of the politicians as well as the road users . Speed governers should be installed on these official vehicles to prevent them from endangering people’s lives .

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  • Jossey Saldanha, Mumbai

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    Rest in Peace ...

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  • Rita, Germany

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    Manohar mangalore,Thats called fate.Whats written in our head will happen.One can go anywhere as we are free .second at night less people traffic jam,on road ,etc.During the day many people might recognize and more risk too.whatever it is sad and tragic.Heartfelt sympathy to the family.Hope the minister will recover fast without problem.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    People were saying going by two wheelers is always risky cars are best. Now, what we listen? Car topples every time. May the departed souls rest in peace... Get well soon Minister and others who injured in the accident....

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  • Mangalurian, Mangaluru

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    So far as I am aware, a car does not topple at limited speeds...

    ...but the drivers in India are typically in great hurry!

    Hopefully the injured are treated through AYUSH.

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  • Cynthia, Kirem

    Tue, Jan 12 2021

    Yes... I agree with your points... Hurrying.. Speeding causes all such accidents... Definitely... For sure.. He is Ayush minister...

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  • Manohar, Mangalore

    Mon, Jan 11 2021

    Really sad to hear the news of car accident and death of ministers wife and aide.
    One thing here noted that, why these leaders are travelling during night that also not familiar bad roads. That also not a important engagement.

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