|Highest Motor Road (File photo)|
and two others including the driver of the car Karma Dorji died on the spot in the accident that occurred on Thursday morning. Ashok Awasthi, Inspector General of Police (Vigilance), Bhopal, his wife Manjuri Awasthi and another young IAS officer were injured in the same mishap, according to reports. The injured were immediately brought to Leh hospital for treatment, police said.
Rao, 55, was part of a group of officers from Madhya Pradesh who were holidaying in Ladakh. The area where the accident took place is about 18,000 feet above the sea level, and is in fact, the highest motorable road in the world.
Beginning his administrative career as an assistant collector at Bastar in 1990, Rao later served as collector of Satna and Gwalior districts. An electronics engineer before joining as an IAS, Rao did his post-graduation in systems analysis and MBA with a specialization of production management.
Meanwhile, another IAS officer of Haryana cadre --- Harbaksh Singh of 1981 batch, died on early Wednesday morning when he fell from stairs in his Gurgaon flat. Singh, 56, who is an additional chief secretary of the state’s renewable energy department, died of excessive bleeding as he remained unattended for quite some time, doctors said. An MBBS-turned IAS, Singh served as a deputy commissioner in Gurgaon in late 1980s when India’s millennium city was still a village.