Meghalaya power minister James K Sangma, whose pilot car met with an accident at Nagaon in Assam on his return journey from Imphal, has arrived in Shillong on Sunday.

Sangma, who tested positive for COVID19 during the Rapid Antigen Test at the Bir Tikendrajit International Airport in Imphal on Saturday, is now under home quarantine.

After his arrival in Shillong, swab samples for the RT-PCR test have been collected from the minister.

Meghalaya health minister AL Hek confirmed that the power minister has arrived in Shillong on Sunday and is under home quarantine.

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The director of health services (MI), Dr Aman War said samples have been collected from the minister for the RT-PCR test.

As per protocol, he will have to complete 10 days’ quarantine either at home or corona care centre.

In the early morning on Sunday, the pilot car of the minister met with an accident at Nagaon in Assam on his return journey to the state capital from Manipur.

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Four of the constables, who were in the minister’s pilot car, were injured in the accident.

Nagaon superintendent of police Gaurav Abhijit Dilip told Northeast Now, “The accident took place near Nonoi. The pilot car hit a standing truck from behind. Four policemen were injured.”

Nagaon Police arranged an alternative pilot car in which minister Sangma left for Shillong, the SP said.

He also informed that all the injured Meghalaya Police personnel were treated at the Nagaon Civil Hospital and left for Shillong after their release from the hospital.

Meghalaya Police in a statement issued on its Twitter handle said the accident occurred at 4.55 on Sunday.

“Today, around 4:55 am, the convoy of Shri. James P. K. Sangma, Hon’ Power Minister met with an accident in Nagaon, Assam,” Meghalaya Police tweeted.

“Four injured police officials were immediately sent to Civil Hospital, Nagaon & Hon’ble Minister has been escorted to his official residence in Shillong,” it added.

According to a statement issued by the assistant inspector general of police (A), Meghalaya, GK Iangrai, two vehicles were damaged in the accident.

“At present, both the damaged vehicles have been taken to Nonoi outpost for observation of legal procedures and police officials of the state are coordinating with the counterparts of Assam for further necessary action,” it said.

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