New Delhi: When he was a Class 8 student, BJP leader Narendra Modi was attacked by a crocodile while swimming in a crocodile-infested lake in Gujarat, necessitating nine stitches on one foot.
So says yet another biography on Modi, "Narendra Modi: The Game Changer" (Vitasta), authored by journalist Sudesh K. Verma.
As a young boy, after working in a family tea shop in the morning, Modi would daily reach the Sharmishtha lake near his home in Vadnagar.
According to the book, he would swim all the way to a temple in the middle of the lake, touch the flag on its top and return to the shore. He did this thrice daily. "Once, Narendra was badly injured when a crocodile hit his left foot with its tail," the book says.
"A crocodile tail is strong; a hit by it can be fatal. It is like you are struck with a sword. Villagers say there used to be 29 crocodiles in the lake.