Cyrus Mistry, former Tata Sons head, dies in car accident in Palghar

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Cyrus Mistry was travelling from Ahmedabad to Mumbai in a Mercedes car. According to the police, the car had four people, out of which two have survived.

Prime Minister tweeted: “ His passing away is a big loss to the world of commerce and industry. Condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.”

Former Tata Sons chairman Cyrus Mistry was on Sunday killed in a road accident after his car hit a divider in Maharashtra’s Palghar district, said the police.

According to the police, the car, a Mercedes, crashed into a divider near Charoti on a bridge around 3.15 pm. There were four people in the vehicle, of which two, including Mistry, died on the spot. The other deceased person has been identified as Jahangir Binshah Pandole.

Those injured have been identified as Dr Anahita Pandole, a top gynecologist at Breach Candy Hospital, and her husband Darius Pandole, the managing director and CEO of JM Financial Private Equity. They have been admitted to the ICU of Rainbow hospital in Vapi. Police constable Yogesh Avtar, who took them to the hospital, told The Indian Express that both have multiple fractures but are talking.

Dr Tejas Shah of the Rainbow hospital said, “When the Pandoles were brought to our hospital, they were in a bad condition. Their oxygen saturation levels had dropped and so had their blood pressure. They have a lot of fractures and are in trauma. But their BP and O2 saturation is now coming to normal. We are told that a team of doctors is also coming to see them from Mumbai.”

Mistry was travelling from Ahmedabad to Mumbai. According to Palghar Superintendent of Police (SP) Balasaheb Patil, Dr Anahita Pandole was at the wheel

“Dr Anahita Pandole was driving the car. Prima facie, it appears to be a case of speeding. When they reached the bridge on the Surya river, the road narrows from three lanes to two lanes. She rammed into the edge of the bridge. Dr Pandole and her husband were on the front seat and Mistry was on the rear seat.’’

Suraj Singh, project director of the National Highway Authority of India who looks after the National Highway 48 where the accident happened, said, “The highway is six-lane one. But on the Gujarat-Mumbai route, there are two bridges of two lanes each. The drivers have to take a slight turn, which Anahita Pandole may not have taken due to the vehicle’s high speed.”

According to sources, Mistry was a family friend of the Pandoles. The Pandole brothers had lost their father a fortnight ago, and Mistry and the other three had travelled to Udvada in Gujarat for the last rites, from where they were returning.

Mistry is survived by his wife and two sons. One of his close family friends said that Mistry’s family members were abroad for a function.

arius Pandole was earlier on the board of Tata Global Beverages Limited (TGBL) and had resigned after Mistry’s ouster from Tata Sons. Dr Anahita Pandole has earlier been in the news for filing PILs against illegal hoardings.

PM Modi, Maharashtra CM mourn the death of Mistry

On learning about the incident, Prime Minister tweeted: “The untimely demise of Shri Cyrus Mistry is shocking. He was a promising business leader who believed in India’s economic prowess. His passing away is a big loss to the world of commerce and industry. Condolences to his family and friends. May his soul rest in peace.”

Maharashtra Chief Minister Eknath Shinde expressed his shock and said: “Mistry was not only a successful industrialist but a young and future-oriented individual too. We have lost a talented industrialist. His death is not only a loss for the Mistry family but for India’s industrial sector as well. My heartfelt condolences on his demise.”

Tata sons chairman N Chandrasekaran said: “I am deeply saddened by the sudden and untimely demise of Cyrus Mistry. He had a passion for life and it is really tragic that he passed away at such a young age. My deepest condolences to his family in these difficult times.”

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