One woman died and another was injured after they were hit by BJP National Spokesperson and Rajya Sabha member GVL Narasimha Rao's vehicle on Friday evening.
The incident took place under the jurisdiction of the Tadepalli police in Guntur district and the two women were said to be hailing from Mangalagiri.
Speaking to TNM, an officer from the Tadepalli police station said, "The women had attended a function and they were crossing the road, when the MP's vehicle hit them. One woman died on the spot while the other has been shifted to the Government General Hospital (GGH) in Vijayawada."
"The MP's vehicle was travelling from Guntur to Vijayawada after he had begun his journey from Ongole," the officer added.
The police have registered a case under Section 304A (Causing death by negligence) and 337 (Causing hurt by act endangering life or personal safety of others) of the Indian Penal Code.
While the driver has been taken into custody and will be produced in front of a local magistrate soon, the police said that they were unaware about the whereabouts of the MP.
The state's Transport Department website showed that the car, a Toyota Innova, was registered under the BJP state office's name with the Road Transport Authority’s office in Vijayawada.
Many supporters of the TDP and others on social media alleged that the MP chose to get into another car and leave the premises, instead of helping the accident victim.
TNM has reached out to GVL for a response as he is yet to issue an official statement on the issue. It is also unclear as to what his schedule in Ongole was. Further details of the incident are awaited.
GVL Narasimha Rao was part of a BJP delegation which met Governor ESL Narasimhan on Thursday and demanded a CBI probe, alleging widespread corruption in the tenders of the Bhogapuram Airport. The delegation had also claimed that there were lapses in opening of separate Personal Deposit (PD) accounts of government officials in Andhra.