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Student hit by bullet: Doctors

Calcutta, Jan. 8: The government was collecting information till late tonight but doctors told The Telegraph in the evening that a bullet hit a Class XI student from Bhangar.

The bullet pierced through the chest of Sujit Das, according to the doctors. Das, bleeding profusely, was taken to a private hospital off EM Bypass at 2.10pm.

“Das has been admitted with bullet injury on the left side of the chest. His condition is serious and he is being treated in the critical care unit,” said an official at R.N. Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences, Mukundapur.

The 18-year-old was kept under observation and was conscious, the doctors said.

“Entry and exit wounds of the bullet were detected on the left side of the chest. The bullet apparently pierced through his body but fortunately there was no major damage to any organ. Had the bullet stayed inside, things would have been more critical,” the official said.

A CT scan revealed no fragments of the bullet inside the body. “There was no foreign body found in the CT scan report. Further examinations will be conducted tomorrow,” the official said.

According to him, the bullet brushed past the rib cage — the reason for escaping graver injury.

“He won’t undergo a surgery tonight unless there is an emergency. As of now, he’ll be kept under observation,” said Arup Ghosh, consultant cardio-thoracic surgeon at the hospital.

Police sources said Das was hit by a stray bullet. “He was a bystander and was hit by the bullet accidentally,” said an official of Bhangar police station.

Residents said he was a commerce stream student of Class XI at Bhangar High School, and an activist of the SFI, the students’ wing of the CPM.