The minister has since clarified that "he was in a hurry."

Outrage after image of apathetic Telangana minister driving past injured man goes viralThe image, first published by HT
news News Tuesday, December 20, 2016 - 14:09

In a shocking case of government apathy, a Telangana minister drove past the body of a road accident's victim in the state's Jayashankar Bhupalpally district. A picture of his convoy driving past the victim has gone viral on social media.

According to reports, three people who were riding a bike were hit by a speeding mini truck at Palampet village on Sunday afternoon.

While the rider died on the spot, the two pillion riders suffered injuries.

Locals immediately gathered at the spot, and were looking for vehicles to take the injured to the hospital, when Telangana Tribal Welfare Minister Azmeera Chandulal, who represents the constituency where the accident took place, zoomed past in his convoy without stopping.

Initially after the incident, when the media tried contacting him, his phone was answered by his secretary who denied that such an incident had taken place. However, he has since clarified that "he was in a hurry."

“I was busy attending a call from my relatives when my convoy went past the accident spot. In the normal circumstances, I would have got down and called on the accident victims but I was in a hurry then. It is not that I lack humanity. After all, they are my constituency people,” he told Hindustan Times.