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Bright SFI boy from poor family treated for bullet wound

Calcutta, Jan. 9: Sujit Das, the 18-year-old student from Bhangar who was shot in the chest allegedly by Trinamul supporters during yesterday’s clash, had a “minor procedure” late last night to treat wounds at the entry and exit points of the bullet hole, hospital authorities said.

Sujit was admitted to R.N. Tagore International Institute of Cardiac Sciences off EM Bypass last afternoon.

“There was no surgery. But late last night, he was taken to the operation theatre and his wounds were repaired and further medication was applied,” a hospital official said. “Today, he is conscious and stable. But he has been kept under observation in the critical care unit.”

Sujit’s neighbours said the Class XI student of Bhangar High School came from a poor family and was a “dedicated SFI activist” who participated in CPM rallies.

“Sujit is the son of farm labourer Subal Das, who stays in Bhangar’s Ranigachhi village,” said neighbour Palash Biswas. “His father works hard to make a living and to ensure that he gets a decent education. Sujit is lucky to have survived,” Biswas added.

He said the treatment “will cost a lot in such a sophisticated hospital”.

Sattar Mollah, a district committee member of the CPM from South 24-Parganas, said the party would take care of all medical expenses of Sujit.

“Sujit was travelling with us on party work. So we will definitely take care of his expenses. This goes without saying. The hospital, too, is aware of this. Sujit is a dedicated party worker and we are proud of him,” Sattar Mollah said.

Sujit’s neighbour Biswas said the boy came from a political family that had Left supporters for decades.

“His father has been a member of the peasants’ wing of the party for long. When Sujit turned 18, he joined the SFI,” Biswas said. “But as it runs in the family, Sujit had been involved in Left politics even before he formally joined the SFI.”

Biswas was travelling with Sujit in the same Tata 407 truck when the alleged Trinamul attack began yesterday.

“We jumped off the mini-truck and ran helter skelter,” Biswas said. “When the firing abated a bit, I looked around and found Sujit lying next to a truck, writhing in pain. We flagged down a private car and took Sujit to hospital. We heaved a sigh of relief when we learnt that he will survive.”

Another of Sujit’s neighbours, Yakub Mollah, said the student’s family members were “dedicated Leftists”.

“Despite being involved in politics, Sujit never neglected his studies. He is a good student. He has been doing well in school. He realises that especially since he comes from a poor family, he has to study hard to do well in life,” Yakub Mollah said.

Four other CPM supporters injured in the alleged attack — Moidul Ali Mollah, Qutubuddin Mistry, Masur Ali Shikari and Rahim Ali Mollah — were released from Peerless Hospital this evening.

“The four persons were stable throughout. But some of them had head injuries. So, according to protocol, we had kept them under observation for 24 hours,” a hospital official said.

Former Trinamul MLA and Bhangar leader Arabul Islam, who allegedly led the Trinamul attack, is still under observation at a private nursing home in Rajarhat.

Doctors said his condition had improved.

“His blood reports and other medical tests are satisfactory. But a chest pain and some chest and respiratory problems persist. So we have kept him under observation. We have shifted him to a general bed from the ICU,” said Subhas Ghosh, the managing director of the nursing home.