In a freak accident, Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Jamnagar Poonamben Madam, on Monday fell into a 7 foot drain in Jalla Ram Nagar during a demolition drive in Gujarat.
BJP MP Poonamben Madam was recued from the drain. Pic/Rashmin Shah
The incident occurred when she was talking to a group of people during an anti-encroachment drive. Poonam along with a few other people who were standing on the top of the drain cover which caved in and resulted in a mishap.
Police said she was standing on the concrete sheet which was made to cover the drain while meeting people when it broke and she fell.
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The residents were not letting the employees carry the demolition upon which Madam rushed to the spot to talk to them. Madam had gone to meet the residents of Jalaram slum who were opposing to the demolition drive and had entered into an altercation with the employees of the Jamnagar Municipal Corporation (JMC).
The drain joins the nearby Lakhoti lake and remains mostly dry during summer.
A fire brigade team stationed nearby conducted the rescue operations and saved the MP. She was rushed to hospital immediately.
According to her doctor, S Maheshwari, the leader suffered a 4-inch deep gash on her head and has hurt her shoulder and foot. "She has suffered a 4-inch wound on her head that caused bleeding which is now under control. We have not detected any fracture in X-Ray reports but CT scan remains to be done," Maheshwari said.
"She has hurt her left shoulder but has not sustained a fracture. All in all, her condition is stable, her vitals normal, and she is conscious and there is nothing to worry about. She will be able to go home earliest by tomorrow morning," he said.
- with inputs from agencies