Senior BJP leader dies in road accident

published on June 30, 2007

 Sahib Singh Verma dies in road accident


New Delhi, June 30: Senior BJP leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma on Saturday died in a road accident in Alwar district of Rajasthan, nearly 165 kms from Jaipur.

Additional Superintendent of Police (Rural) P C Nyola said the mishap took place at around 2.30 pm when the car in which Verma was travelling in collided with a mini-truck near Khandura `Mode`.

The 64-year-old Verma, along with three others, was immediately rushed to the Shahjahanpur Government Hospital where the former Delhi CM, his driver and another person travelling in the same car were declared brought dead, the Additional SP said.

His security personnel sustained serious injuries and currently undergoing treatment at the hospital, police said.

The driver of the truck was also injured and has been admitted to a local hospital.

Sources said Verma was returning to Delhi from Neem ka Thana in Sikar district when the mishap took place.

Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, BJP chief Rajnath Singh and several top party leaders rushed to the spot as soon as the news broke.

Verma is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.

Born on March 15, 1943, in Delhi`s Mundka village, the former teacher rose from the ranks of a councillor in the Metropolitan Council of Delhi in 1977 to become the Union Labour Minister in 2002.

The Member of Parliament from Outer Delhi Lok Sabha constituency was given charge of the labour ministry.

Verma began his political career as a RSS Pracharak and was made the Delhi Education and Development Minister in 1993.

He had a doctorate in library sciences and was much respected among the teaching community.

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