Panaji, January 12th

Union minister Shripad Naik, who was injured in a traffic accident in Karnataka, underwent multiple operations during the night at the Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) nearby, a senior hospital official said Tuesday.

The minister’s health is stable, the official said.

Naik, 68, had surgery for fractures on both hands and leg, he said.

The Union minister was injured while his wife Vijaya and an aide died on Monday when their car crashed near Ankola in Uttar Kannada district while returning to his home state Goa from Dharmasthala in neighboring Karnataka.

Naik, the BJP MP from North Goa and currently Minister of State for the Union for Defense and AYUSH, was transferred to the GMCH near Panaji at around 11.10 p.m.

Goa Prime Minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday evening that Naik’s condition used to be critical, but is now “stable”.

“A medical team led by the Dean of GMCH, Dr. Shivanand Bandekar, is treating him. We are giving him the best medical care,” said the Prime Minister.

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said another medical team was on standby to ensure the best treatment for Naik.

Karnataka police previously said that Naik, along with his wife, personal assistant Deepak, close confidante Sai Kiran, the shooter and the driver, was driving from Yallapur to Gokarna on Monday evening.

On the way, the driver lost control of the car near the village of Hosakambi in Ankola Taluk of Uttara Kannada and the vehicle overturned, they said.

“It was not a collision between vehicles. At first glance it seems that the driver is losing control of the car,” a police officer told PTI in Bengaluru.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi spoke to Goa CM Sawant on Monday asking him to ensure adequate medical treatment from the minister.

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh also spoke to Sawant about urgent medical treatment for the BJP MP.

Karnataka Chief Minister BS Yediyurappa has approved the death of Naik’s wife and conveyed his wishes for Naik’s speedy recovery.

Rajnath visits Union Minister Shripad Naik in Goa hospital

Defense Minister Rajnath Singh visited Union Minister Shripad Naik on Tuesday, who is being admitted to the nearby Goa Medical College and Hospital after an accident in neighboring Karnataka.

Singh reached the INS Hansa base in Goa in the afternoon with a special flight and reached GMCH at around 2.40 p.m., where Naik is being treated.

Naik, 68, the state minister of the Union for Defense and AYUSH, had surgery at night in the government-run hospital, a senior hospital official said in the morning.

The official said his health was stable.

Naik was injured while his wife Vijaya and an aide died on Monday when their car crashed near Ankola in the Uttar Kannada district while returning to his home state Goa from Dharmasthala in neighboring Karnataka.

Naik, the BJP MP from North Goa, was transferred to the GMCH near Panaji late Monday evening.

Goa Prime Minister Pramod Sawant said on Monday evening that Naik’s condition used to be critical, but is now “stable”.

“A team of doctors led by GMCH Dean Dr. Shivanand Bandekar treats him. We give him the best medical care, said the Prime Minister.

Health Minister Vishwajit Rane said another medical team was on standby to ensure the best treatment for Naik.

Rajnath Singh also spoke to Sawant on Monday about urgent medical treatment for the BJP MP. – PTI