Kolkata: Railway Minister Mamata Banerjee
complained of chest pain on Tuesday following the accident in which
one of her convoy cars was hit by a lorry, which her aide
alleged was an attempt on her life while she was returning
from her rally at Maoist bastion in Lalgarh.
The Trinamool Congress leader, who experienced a jerk
when her car suddenly braked, has been advised rest by doctors
and will not be attending Parliament till further medical
advice, Banerji`s additional private secretary Ratan Mukherjee
told reporters here.
"The Railway Minister is unwell and has been advised
rest by doctors. She suffered chest pain after her car
suddenly braked when another car in her convoy was hit by a
lorry near Kolaghat last night," Mukherjee said.
Mamata, who was holding onto a handle in the front
seat of her car, suffered a jerk as it suddenly braked after
which she complained of chest pain, he said.
Mukherjee alleged that the accident was an "attempt on
her life" because of a serious security lapse which should be
He said doctors had done an x-ray and advised
hospitalisation but she refused as her mother was ill.
Trinamool Congress Chief Whip in the Lok Sabha Sudip
Bandopadhyay has demanded an inquiry into the accident.
Party General Secretary and Union Minister of state
for Shipping Mukul Roy also made an identical demand.
Mamata has advised her deputy ministers Ebrar Ahmed and
Muniyappa to reply to listed questions in Parliament on August
12 and 13.
A bodyguard of the Railway Minister was injured when
the lorry, coming from the opposite direction, hit his car.
"The Railway minister was not in the vehicle which was
knocked by the lorry, causing minor injuries to one of her
bodyguards," East Midnapore Superintendent of Police Ashok
Biswas told agency last night.
The lorry driver was arrested.
The movement of Mamata`s convoy was halted for some
time but she resumed here journey a little later, Biswas said.
Trinamool Congress legislator Firhad Hakim,
accompanying Mamata in her vehicle, alleged that the
lorry was dangerously approaching from the left side and
knocked the vehicle carrying her bodyguards.
"Mamata Banerjee had a providential escape but was
in a state of shock due to sudden jerk," Hakim said.