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Multiple internal injuries, cardiac arrest led to Munde’s death: AIIMS

NEW DELHI: Union rural development minister Gopinath Munde died of multiple internal injuries and cardiac arrest suffered following a road accident in central Delhi early Tuesday morning.

64-year-old Munde, who made his entry into the Union Cabinet for the first time last week, was on his way to the airport when his Maruti Suzuki SX4 car was hit by a Tata Indica car at Prithviraj Road-Tughlak Road intersection in the heart of the capital.

Delhi Police said the Intelligence Bureau and the special cell were investigating whether there was any conspiracy angle behind the accident. Munde was taken to AIIMS trauma centre at 6.30am by his personal assistant and driver and was declared dead at 7.20am.

“The minister has died of multiple internal injuries. No external wound was found on his body. When he was brought to trauma centre, his pulse and heart beat were not working,” AIIMS spokesperson Dr Amit Gupta said after a team of doctors conducted a postmortem on his body.

Union health minister Harsh Vardhan said Munde suffered cervical fractures and supply of oxygen to his brain and lungs may have been cut off following the injuries.

Vardhan said Munde’s liver had tear at 2-3 places and there was one-and-half litres of blood in his abdomen because of the injury.

“The major thing that cost him very heavily was a fracture of the cervical spines C1 and C2. When you have fracture at C1 and C2, the blood supply at the brain gets cut off because the vertebral artery gets damaged immediately,” he said.

A source at AIIMS said the rural development minister died of the sudden shock as he suffered a cardiac arrest.

Police said Gurvinder Singh, driver of the Indica car which allegedly hit Munde’s car after jumping red light has been booked for rash driving and causing death by negligence after investigations.

“An FIR has been registered against Singh under section 279 and 304(A) at Tughlak Road Police Station and he was arrested after prima facie he was found at fault of jumping the red light and over speeding,” said additional commissioner of police (New Delhi) SBS Tyagi. 32-year-old Singh, however was given bail by a local court.