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Updated: October 21, 2013 11:00 IST

Environmentalist Sunita Narain injured in a road accident

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Sunita Narain
Sunita Narain

Centre of Science and Environment director-general Sunita Narain was injured in a road accident while cycling near the All India Institute of Medical Sciences here on Sunday morning.

According to Ms. Narain’s colleague at CSE, Anumita Roychowdhury, her bicycle was hit by a speeding car in the early hours of Sunday while the noted environmentalist was going to Lodhi Garden from her house in Green Park.

“As she reached near the AIIMS flyover, a speeding car rammed her cycle from behind. Due to the impact, she fell and her face hit the ground. She began bleeding profusely from her nose. The car driver did not stop,” said Ms. Roychowdhury.

However, minutes after the accident, occupants of another car, which was passing by, spotted an injured Ms. Narain and rushed her to the AIIMS Trauma Centre where she is reported to be out of danger.

Ms. Roychowdhury said Ms. Narain, who is also the publisher of Down To Earth magazine, sustained fractures in both her ribs and also injuries on her face. There were, however, no internal injuries.

Stable and recovering

Talking to The Hindu, AIIMS Director Dr. M.C. Misra, said: “She had facial injuries and orthopaedic injuries to the hand. She is stable and is recovering”.

The police who have registered a case in connection with the matter at the Hauz Khas police station said on Sunday that since there was no one around when the accident took place, the number of the errant vehicle could not be noted and they were waiting for Ms. Narain’s health to recover to record her statement.

It is, however, not known if the police are trying to identify the erring vehicle with the help of cameras installed around AIIMS and on nearby roads.

We are from Karuna Jeeva Kalyana Trust, Davangere, Karnataka.
Sorry to hear that you met with an accident madam. We wish you a speedy recovery.
Nation needs people like YOU, for the IDEAL SOCIETY.

from:  Karuna Jeeva Kalyana Trust
Posted on: Oct 23, 2013 at 12:26 IST

We wish you a speedy recovery. Mixing speeds in urban sections are dangerous to cyclists and pedestrians.

from:  Devika Rani
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 13:46 IST

Unlike the many who drive to Lodhi Garden, Sunita decided to cycle; the
environmentalist was practising what she stood for. Delhi should become
more pedestrian and cycle friendly. Cameras should be installed at the
major flyovers; pathetic if there aren't any already.

from:  Thommen Jose
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 10:55 IST

Definitely it may not be an accident and appears to be deliberate. A through probe will bring out the truth.

from:  Narayana
Posted on: Oct 22, 2013 at 10:45 IST

I am really shocked to read the News. Dr.Sunita Narain is a great
environmentalist,fearless science journalist and champion of sustainable
development. The very fact that she was riding bicycle shows her
commitment to the cause. I pray God for her speedy recovery. When
Authorities won't care Hawkers small vendors occupying the foot
path,can't Government provide bye lanes for Cyclists as is there in
Europe,China and other countries?
Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

from:  Dr.A.Jagadeesh
Posted on: Oct 21, 2013 at 22:03 IST

Dear Madam,
Get well soon!
Your life and time is precious for the environment and future generations....

from:  Dr M P Singh
Posted on: Oct 21, 2013 at 19:27 IST

& wish her speedy recovery; I like to add its a fate of every Índian that lives in this country

from:  Dr Piyush Ranjan Rout
Posted on: Oct 21, 2013 at 13:30 IST

I hope that Sunita Narain recovers soon.

from:  Amit Srivastava
Posted on: Oct 21, 2013 at 12:54 IST

We neither have civic sense, training for safe driving for shared roads nor special road for cycling. We are simply idiots.

from:  Nitin
Posted on: Oct 21, 2013 at 12:54 IST

Sunita takes on biggies in her fight against malpractices by MNC's.
She must live..And continue what she is doing..My good wishes to her..

from:  Himanshu
Posted on: Oct 21, 2013 at 12:25 IST

Best wishes for her speedy recovery and would like to see her incisive editorials in CSE's Down to Earth magazine.

from:  Gopal
Posted on: Oct 21, 2013 at 12:04 IST

Thank god she is now safe and did not sustain major injury. But it is obvious she must be suffering mental agony.The event is a great lession for the rash drivers in Delhi. This teaches us that we must honour every commuter irrespective of their vehicles.

from:  omprakash Parashar
Posted on: Oct 21, 2013 at 11:43 IST
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