A prominent travel agent was show-caused by the Kolkata Traffic Police and West Bengal government in India after the car was involved in a minor accident while Amitabh Bachchan was ferried to the airport. Bachchan, a brand ambassador of West Bengal, was saved by a whisker from a major accident on his way to the airport.
Big B was on an official visit to West Bengal on the invitation of the government, when the incident took place. "One of the rear wheels of his Mercedes car got detached, prompting the state government to show-cause the travel agency from where the car was provided, a senior official said today. Mr Bachchan had visited the city on an invitation from the state government for the inaugural programme of the 23rd Kolkata International Film Festival and was going to the airport on Saturday morning when the accident took place. A senior minister was also accompanying in the same vehicle," said a traffic police officer.
According to sources the wheel on the left rear-end of the Mercedes carrying Bachchan got detached from the vehicle on Dufferin Road when he was going to the airport to catch a flight for Mumbai on Saturday morning.
Sources added that the car was provided by a travel agency which has to reply within one week. Apparently, vehicle's "certificate of fitness" had expired long back but it was still in use. Mr Bachchan was accompanied by a senior state minister in the car.
After the accident, the superstar was taken to the airport in the minister's vehicle.