Darjeeling: Six people were injured when a vehicle in President Pranab Mukherjee's convoy skidded off the road this morning and went down a cliff.
The incident took place near Sonada, 30 kms from Darjeeling, while he was on his way to Bagdogra to catch a flight to Delhi.
Officials said that the third vehicle in the Presidential convoy slipped off the road and fell down.
The convoy also had West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who was also travelling along with the President to Delhi to attend the Inter state council meeting tomorrow.
Both Mukherjee and Banerjee are safe, officials said, adding that AP Singh, Chief Security Liaison officer of the President, suffered injury in the incident.
Heavy rains and thick fog had led the President to take a road trip on his return leg as Indian Air Force helicopters could not operate.
Army personnel along with those working in the Presidential Secretariat were engaged in the rescue operations.
Banerjee was personally supervising the operation while the President had been halted at a safe location ahead. His Press Secretary Venu Rajamony said the "the President is safe".
West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee thanks rescue team, announces reward. Her convoy car fell into a gorge in Darjeeling pic.twitter.com/GaGCuBjZx7— ANI (@ANI) July 15, 2016
Member Parliament and the President's son Abhijeet Mukherjee also assisted in the rescue operation.
The accident happened while negotiating a bend, ADG (Law & Order) Anuj Sharma said, adding all the six security personnel have been admitted to a hospital.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee's vehicle was following the President's convoy, a police official said. The President was on a four-day visit to Darjeeling from July 12.
With PTI Inputs