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India cabinet minister dies in car accident

June 3, 2014

NEW DELHI (AP) — India’s Rural Affairs Minister Gopinath Munde was killed in a car accident Tuesday in New Delhi.

Munde was on the way when his car was hit by another vehicle. He died a short while later in hospital.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said that his death was a major loss for the nation and the government. Munde was appointed to the Cabinet last week.

Munde was deputy chief minister in the western state of Maharashtra in the mid-1990s, and was elected to the lower house of Parliament in 2009 and again in 2014.

India has the world’s deadliest roads, with more than 110,000 people killed every year in road accidents.

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