Jaipur: Senior BJP leader and former Delhi Chief Minister Sahib Singh Verma died in a road accident in Alwar district of Rajasthan on 29th afternoon.
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 collided with a mini-truck near Khandura crossing.
Verma (64), 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 Addl SP said.
His security officer sustained serious injuries and is 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. He is survived by his wife, two sons and three daughters.
Former Chief Minister, Delhi and BJP vice-president he was a former Union minister who represented Outer Delhi in the Lok Sabha from 1994 to 2004.
Senior political leaders expressed shock and disbelief at the sudden demise of a party worker who was considered to be hard working and a people’s man. In a statement, Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi said, “I have lost a good friend. He was a very good organiser and administrator.”
“Verma was a great leader of the masses and the country has lost an active representative of the industrious community,” said Madhya Pradesh Governor, Balram Jakhar.
Political sources have said that his untimely passing away will afect the run-up to the Delhi Assembly polls later this year.
Delhi government offices and secretariat will remain closed on Monday, 2July as a mark of respect for Verma.