Published On : Fri, Jul 15th, 2016

Mamata’s escort vehicle falls into gorge near Darjeeling, CM safe


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One of the escort vehicles in the convoy of West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee falls into a gorge, while it was on its way from Darjeeling to Bagdogra airport.

CM Mamata Banerjee was in a separate vehicle in the convoy as was President Pranab Mukherjee. The president is on a three-day visit to Darjeeling with his family where he attended various functions. The government of West Bengal had also hosted a state reception in honour of the President at Chowrasta (The Mall).

Six security personnel who were in the escort vehicle have been rescued and hospitalised. Mamata Banerjee and the President and everyone else in the convoy are reported to be safe.

In fact, according to TV reports the CM personally oversaw the rescue operations. Early reports say the vehicle fell into the gorge when the brakes failed.