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Police car securing route for CM Yogi Adityanath's convoy meets with accident, 13 injured

According to police sources, the accident occurred when the speeding jeep hit a vehicle parked on the roadside while trying to avoid an animal that suddenly came before it.
Last Updated 24 February 2024, 18:22 IST

Lucknow: At least 13 people including police personnel were injured when a police jeep met with an accident here Saturday evening while securing the route for Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath's cavalcade, officials said.

It was not immediately clear whether the chief minister was in the convoy which met with the accident in Arjunganj while returning from the airport here.

According to police sources, the accident occurred when the speeding jeep hit a vehicle parked on the roadside while trying to avoid an animal that suddenly came before it.

They said the local police' jeep was at least a kilometre ahead of the cavalcade.

"A police jeep travelling ahead of the convoy of the Chief Minister met with an accident in Arjunganj market area on Saturday evening. 13 persons were injured," Lucknow Police Commissioner SB Shiradkar told PTI.

Those injured include police personnel and they have been rushed to a hospital for medical care.

Samajwadi Party President Akhilesh Yadav said the stray cattle menace has become a "dangerous truth" of Uttar Pradesh.

"The convoy of the chief minister himself met with an accident today due to the problem of stray animals not being taken seriously. Many people have been injured. (It is) Sad as well as worrying," he said in a post on X in Hindi.

"The problem of (stray) animals is a dangerous truth of Uttar Pradesh. This is a question of people's lives. The BJP should take a lesson from this incident," he said.

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(Published 24 February 2024, 18:22 IST)

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