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Delhi shift cry gets louder

- Blockade against Sheikhpura torture

Patna, Jan. 29: People in Sheikhpura ransacked a police station and put up a road blockade today even as voices were raised to shift the injured youth to Delhi.

A day after a high-level team visited Sheikhpura, residents of Toye and neighbouring villages ransacked Barbigha police station, indulged in arson and blocked Barbigha-Sheikhpura road for over 10 hours against the government’s apathy to arrest former superintendent of police Babu Ram even after being booked under non-bailable sections of the IPC. “The officer has been transferred only. He should be put behind the bars for the heinous crime he has committed,” one of the protesters shouted at Barbigha police station premises today.

While the victim’s neighbours came out on the streets to fight for justice, the doctors attending to Mukesh Kumar (20) are not sure whether to keep him at the Patna Medical College and Hospital or shift him to All India Institute of Medical Science (AIIMS).

At present, Mukesh is undergoing treatment at intensive care unit of the Patna Medical College and Hospital. Sources said there was an apprehension of infection and he was likely to be “referred” to AIIMS.

However, PMCH superintendent O.P. Choudhary said: “If the state government wants, he will be referred to AIIMS. There is always a chance of an infection. Mukesh is keeping fine and oral liquid is being given to him as food.”

Mukesh’s relative Dheeraj Kumar said the family had not yet received any financial assistance from the state government either. He said: “The doctors here have advised us to take Mukesh to Delhi.” Incidentally, a team of policemen of Pirbahore police station visited the hospital and discussed the matter related to shifting of Mukesh to Delhi. “They said that they could arrange for train tickets for Mukesh only,” Dheeraj said.

Abdul Bari Siddique, the leader of Opposition in the Assembly, met Mukesh’s relatives. “It is a heinous crime. We (RJD) have provided Rs 25,000 to Mukesh. There should be a speedy trial in the case,” he said.