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Arabul quite stable: Doctors

Calcutta, Jan. 8: Doctors of the Rajarhat nursing home where Trinamul leader Arabul Islam is admitted today said there were no external injury marks and his condition was “quite stable”.

“There are no external injury marks on his body and his condition is quite stable. The only concern is that his blood pressure was very high when he was admitted, which may have caused him to faint. Even now, his blood pressure is fluctuating,” said Sudesh Ghosh, the managing director of New Avenue Nursing Home at Chinar Park in Rajarhat.

Another doctor said on condition of anonymity: “If he was beaten up as severely as is being described, there ought to have been some physical manifestation. There might not be fractures, but there is bound to be some bruises and marks of blood-clotting.”

Arabul had alleged he was attacked by CPM supporters in Bhangar’s Bamanghata.

The Trinamul leader was admitted to the ICU this afternoon. ECG, X-Ray and blood tests were done.

A Trinamul supporter who accompanied Arabul to hospital said the leader had complained of chest pain, headache and respiratory distress on his way.

Arabul’s son Hakim-ul Islam, who was present at the nursing home, claimed the former MLA had been assaulted. “My father tried to flee in his car when he saw the CPM men approaching but they caught up with him, pulled him out and assaulted him,” Hakim said.

Six CPM supporters allegedly injured in the same clash, one with a bullet wound, were admitted to two hospitals in Calcutta. One person was discharged after first aid.

The CPM leadership claimed that at least three supporters brought to Calcutta had bullet injuries but hospital sources could confirm only one such patient.

The others mostly had bruises in the face and limbs. They were shifted to Peerless Hospital because of scarcity of beds at RN Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences.

The patients kept under observation at Peerless are Moidul Mollah, 20, Qutubuddin Mistry, 40, Mansur Ali Shikari, 60, and Rahim Ali Mollah, 42. They are all sharecroppers.

“All of them are stable. They have no problems with blood pressure or respiration. Most of them have head injuries. We have kept them under observation,” said one of the doctors at Peerless Hospital.

Moidul Mollah is said to have a “penetrating wound” caused by a sharp weapon or a bullet.