Union Minister Shripad Naik injured in car accident, wife and close aide die
In a tragic incident, Union Minister Shripad Naik was critically injured in a car accident, while his wife Vijaya Naik and personal secretary died in the hospital on Monday (January 11) evening. There were six persons in the car including the minister's wife and PA, out of which the two died in the accident. They were returning from a temple in Ankola when the car turned turtle in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka. The minister has been shifted to the Goa Medical College & Hospital, Bambolim.
While travelling to Gokarna from Yallpura, they took a short-cut which was a deviation from the highway and 40-km shorter. The accident took place on that route.
Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa condoled the death of Naik's wife and wished for the Union minister's speedy recovery.
Former minister Suresh Prabhu tweeted, "Extremely saddened by news of accident to our long time family friend Shripad Y Naik and unfortunate death of his wife and fellow traveller.Om Shanti! Wishing speedy recovery to Shripad ji ,he had only recently recovered from COVID19, being hospitalised for long. Get well soon!
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to ensure proper arrangements for the treatment of Naik in the state. The 68-year-old is a BJP MP from north Goa. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to Pramod Sawant and asked him to provide best treatment, and if need arises, fly Mr Naik to Delhi. Sawant has reached the hospital.