Narrow escape for Kamal Nath as lift crashes in Madhya Pradesh

Former Madhya Pradesh chief minister Kamal Nath and some of the most senior Congress leaders of the state had a close shave on Sunday when an elevator of a private hospital dropped from the ground floor to basement all of a sudden. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Mr Nath was visiting Congress leader Rameshwar Patel at the DNS Hospital in Indore on Sunday evening and was inside the lift with other party leaders when it fell from the first floor to the ground. The elevator was filled with dust when the doors got locked. Congress leaders Sajjan Verma, Jitu Patwari and Vishal Patel were among those inside the lift with Kamal Nath. No injuries were reported in the incident and everyone is safe. Officials said the lift was likely overloaded due to which it crashed. “The grace of Lord Hanuman has always been with me. Jai Hanuman,” Mr Nath tweeted later. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed concern over the accident and enquired about his health.

The chief minister also asked the Indore collector to launch a probe into the incident. The official Twitter handle of the Madhya Pradesh Congress said the incident shows serious negligence and there should be an immediate probe into it.