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Seat belt could have saved Gopinath Munde's life

India TV News Desk 04 Jun 2014, 13:45:02 IST
India TV News Desk
New Delhi: Union rural development minister Gopinath Munde would not have lost his life in such a tragic manner if he had taken the simple precaution of fastening the seatbelt.

The Union Health and Family Welfare Minister, Dr Harsh Vardhan has confirmed that the late Gopinath Munde could have prevented his own death by simply wearing the seat belt of his car.

Dr Harsh Vardhan, before leaving for Beed, Maharashtra for attending the funeral of the deceased Rural Development Minister, commented, “I lost my friend to a misconception. Most people think that the back-seat belts serve only a decorative purpose. In fact wearing them is as necessary as wearing front seat belts. They can save lives in the event of impacts.”

On Tuesday, Gopinath Munde, died within seconds of his car being allegedly rammed from the side by a motorist who jumped lights.

The damage to the Minister's car was not great, but the force of the throw-forward within the confined space of the car damaged the atlanto axial joint in his neck, and severely injured the spinal cord.