Union minister Shripad Naik, who was seriously injured when his car with met an accident on Monday night, was operated on at Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) during the night. His condition is stable after the multiple surgeries. The 68-year-old had suffered fractures on both legs and hands when his car met with an accident near Ankola in Uttar Kannada district. He was on his way to Goa from Karnataka’s Dharmasthala. His aide and wife died in the accident.
According to reports, Union Minister of State for Defence and AYUSH was travelling with his wife, PA. gunman, close confidante Sai Kiran and driver when the driver lost control of the car which overturned. The injured were shifted to Goa following the accident. However, his wife Vijaya and close aide died due to injuries.
Prime minister Narendra Modi called up Goa chief minister Pramod Sawant following the incident and asked him to ensure proper treatment for Naik. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to the CM and said minister’s treatment is being properly managed by the state government.
Goa CM Pramod Sawant informed that the minister is being treated by a team of doctors headed by GMCH Dean Dr Shivanand Bandekar. Another medical team has been put on standby to ensure best treatment for Naik, Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said.
Several political leaders have expressed their sadness over the tragic incident. Karnataka chief minister BS Yediyurappa condoled the death of minister’s wife Vijaya. He also wished speedy recovery to Naik.
Union minister of petroleum and natural gas and steel Dharmendra Pradhan also took to Twitter to express his condolences on Vijaya Naik’s death. He prayed for speedy recovery of the minister.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari also expressed his anguish over the incident and wished speedy recovery to Shripad Naik.