Union Minister of State Shripad Naik met with an accident on Monday night near Ankola town in Karnataka’s Uttarakannada district, reported ANI. The minister, who was travelling with his wife and personal secretary in a car, is reportedly in a stable condition, according to NDTV. Naik is the Minister of State for Defence, and the Ministry of Ayurveda, Yoga & Naturopathy, Unani, Siddha and Homoeopathy.
However, the minister’s wife Vijaya Naik and aide have died, according to multiple reports. They were travelling to Gokarna from Yellapur when the incident occurred, reported ANI. The minister has been moved to a hospital in Goa.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has spoken to Goa Chief Minister Pramod Sawant to make sure that proper arrangements were made for the treatment of Naik. Sawant visited the hospital where Naik is being treated. Defence Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to the Goa chief minister and asked him to fly Naik to Delhi if the need arose.