Madhya Pradesh: Lucky escape for Kamal Nath, top Congress leaders as lift falls | Indore News – Times of India

INDORE: 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 the basement all of a sudden, apparently because it got overloaded.
Fortunately, no one was hurt. Without referring to the incident, Nath tweeted: “Lord Hanuman has always protected me. Jai Hanuman.”
Chief minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan expressed concern over the accident. “Heard that a lift carrying Kamal Nath ji and his party leaders fell at a private hospital in Indore. I spoke with him over phone. I’m thankful to God that they are all safe. I have asked Indore collector Manish Singh to have it investigated,” he tweeted. A magisterial probe has been ordered.
Nath, who was in Indore to meet party workers ahead of the civic polls, had gone to DNS Hospital to visit former minister Rameshwar Patel, who is admitted there. Around 6.15pm, Nath along with former ministers Jitu Patwari, Sajjan Singh Verma and Vishal Patel and some other senior party leaders got into an elevator on the ground floor to reach the third floor.
Action should be taken against hosp: Saluja
It suddenly dropped. MPCC media coordinator Narendra Saluja said the elevator fell 10 feet. “It’s major negligence in security. Action should be taken against the hospital administration after an investigation. The hospital was built only recently. The elevator was filled with dust when the doors got locked. The lift could be opened after 10-15 minutes,” Saluja said.
Former MLA Satyanarayan Patel — Rameshwar Patel’s son — said no one was hurt. “After coming out of the elevator at the basement, Kamal Nathji and the others took stairs to the third floor, where my father is admitted,” he said.
“The elevator was overloaded. Due to this, it subsided 1.5-2 feet, prompting the liftman to take it down to the basement,” said Patel. There, it was manually opened.
After meeting Rameshwar Patel, Nath and the other party leaders left. On learning about the incident, ASP Rajesh Raghuwanshi went to the spot. He refused to make any comment on the incident until the probe is completed.
Manish Sanghvi, one of the directors of DNS Hospital, told media that the lift didn’t fall but went downwards a little as it was overloaded after which the liftman took it down to the basement. There were 13-14 people in the lift, he said. TNN

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