Union minister suspects attempt on life after truck hits his escort vehicle

BENGALURU: Union minister of state for skill development and entrepreneurship Anant Kumar Hegde on Tuesday claimed that a ‘deliberate attempt’ was made on his life.

The minister said a truck tried to ram into his car when he was traveling near Halageri in Ranebennur taluk of Haveri district around 11:30 pm. The truck missed the minister’s car and hit his escort vehicle. “Since our vehicle was on top speed we escaped the hit,” the minister said. He tweeted a post-accident video and a photograph of the arrested truck driver, who has been identified as Nasir.

The impact of the crash was such that his support staff in the escort vehicle suffered injuries, including a fracture in shoulder.

The minister said: “I suspect a serious attempt on my life looking at the incident as it doesn’t make an accident. The driver has purposefully tried hitting our vehicle and then hit our escort vehicle. As our car was running in good speed we passed before he could ram us.” …

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