Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's Indian manager dies in car crash in US

Rahat Fateh Ali Khan's Indian manager dies in car crash in US

The car Chitresh Srivastava was travelling in crashed and flipped several times into a ditch, killing him and injuring his four associates yesterday, a local media report said.

The 1999 Lexus SUV was carrying the managers and promoters of the troupe that was headed to Chicago for an evening show when it was hit by an accident on the highway in Emmett Township on I-94 in Calhoun County in Michigan.

Khan was not in the car that crashed, but on a bus with the rest of the music band.
"He was supposed to be in the car, but for some reason he got on the bus with the rest of the band," said Bhavesh Patel, the organiser of the show.

Chitresh, 48, was the elder brother of Bollywood music composer Aadesh Srivastava, and was Khan's manager for the last few years.

Another member of the group Gulam Mustafa, 33, was being treated at a hospital and was listed in stable condition, a report in the Kalamazoo Gazette said.
Three other people — Harminder Sabharwal, 33, Maroof Ali, 33, and Deepak Kumar, 46 — were also injured in the crash, the paper said.

Chitresh was also detained along with Rahat at the Indira Gandhi International Airport on February 13 when the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence caught them with undeclared currency worth USD 1.24 lakh.

Khan went on with the evening show despite the tragedy, performing in front of a 4,000 strong crowd and Patel said it was "very emotional."