Andhra Pradesh Municipal Administration and Urban Development (MAUD) Minister P Narayana's son, Nishit Narayana, and his friend died on Wednesday morning, after their SUV crashed into a pillar of the Hyderabad Metro Rail in Jubilee Hills.
Nishit held the post of Director(corporation) at the Narayana Group of Institutions, which was founded by his father. He was 22 years old.
The accident happened near a turn on Jubilee Hills Road Number 36. The local media reported that the SUV was speeding, and the front portion of the white Mercedes Benz in which the duo was travelling, was crushed on impact.
The Indian Express reported that Nishit and his friend, identified as Raja Varma, had gone out for a late night ride after heavy showers brought the city's temperature down on Tuesday night.
"A watchman sleeping nearby told us that he woke up when he heard a big noise between 2 -2:30 am and found that the SUV had hit the pillar. The car must have been travelling at high speed because due to the impact, chips of concrete came off the solid metro rail pillar," a police official told IE.
The police are yet to ascertain the reason for the accident, and are investigating if the duo was drunk at the time. It was not clear who was driving the vehicle.
Narayana's family members rushed to Apollo Hospital, where the bodies were kept. The Minister, who was on a visit to London, is rushing back.
Telangana's Irrigation Minister Harish Rao also visited the hospital and consoled the family members.
P. Narayana is the Head of Narayana Group of Institutions and he was inducted into the cabinet of Chief Minister N. Chandrababu Naidu in 2014.
This is the latest in a series of accidents in recent years involving children of VIPs. Sons of former Indian captain Mohammad Azharuddin, former ministers Babu Mohan and K. Venkat Reddy and veteran actor and BJP leader Kota Srinivas Rao were killed in different accidents in and around Hyderabad.