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Ex-CMs Rupani, Mehta escape unhurt in separate accidents involving their convoys | Ahmedabad News

Suresh Mehta and Vijay Rupani — two former chief ministers of Gujarat — had a close shave as their convoy met with road accidents in Surendranagar and Morbi districts respectively Monday. Both escaped unhurt.

In the first incident, a police car piloting Rupani’s car collided with a motorcycle, around four kilometres east of Limbdi town on National Highway 8A. While the motorcycle rider suffered injuries in his leg and the police vehicle suffered damages, the car in which Rupani was travelling was not affected.

“The bike rider either misjudged the speed of approaching vehicles or had a lapse in concentration while trying to cross the six-lane highway and suddenly blocked the way of the police vehicle piloting our convoy. The police car hit his bike. Luckily, he escaped with injuries in his legs and his condition is now reported to be out of danger,” Rupani told The Indian Express.

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Rupani, who stepped down as Gujarat CM in September 2021, lives in Rajkot and was on his way to Gandhinagar at the time of the accident. Limbdi police station officers said the bike rider was identified as Prabhu Bhumbhaniya, a resident of Khandiya village in adjoining Chuda taluka of Surendranagar district. “He was given primary treatment at a government hospital in Limbdi and then referred to Surendranagar for further treatment,” the Limbdi police said. Later in the day, a truck rammed Mehta’s car from behind on State Highway 17 near Halvad town of Morbi as he was on his way to his native town Mandvi in Kutch from Ahmedabad.

Mehta said his car met with an accident near Halvad around 12 noon. “My sister and I were travelling in the car when a truck rammed from behind. However, we are safe. Nobody has sustained any injury. We have reached Mandvi,” he told The Indian Express.

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Mehta added police have done the legal formalities to register the incident. “Our car slowed down as it approached a speed-breaker on the highway. However, the driver of a truck tailing our car apparently couldn’t apply brakes on time and hit our car,” Arvind Vala, Mehta’s personal assistant said.

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