Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy had a narrow escape after his car caught fire late on Wednesday. According to reports, Kumaraswamy's black Range Rover SUV caught fire while he was on his way to a hotel near Krishna Raja Sagar (KRS) dam at around 11.30 pm.
A more serious incident was prevented after security officers noticed smoke coming out of the car. Kumaraswamy was quickly moved out of the SUV and taken to a hotel in another car.
HDK was returning after campaigning for his son and Janata Dal-Secular (JD-S) leader Nikhil Kumaraswamy, who is contesting the Lok Sabha election from Mandya district against actress-turned-politician Sumalatha Ambareesh.
Initial reports suggest that the car caught fire as it had heated up due to excessive driving or it had developed an oil leak. However, police are investigating as to how a customised luxury SUV as a Range Rover Vogue worth Rs 1.5 crore can catch fire?