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Tata exec to be flown out for cure

Jamshedpur, March 12: Tata Steel executive Ratnesh Raj, who was shot at and critically injured in Jamshedpur’s Ghorabandha on Monday night, will be airlifted to a multi-speciality heal hub in Delhi-NCR tomorrow morning.

The 28-year-old equipment maintenance manager is, currently, admitted to Tata Main Hospital (TMH) where a bullet was removed from his liver on Wednesday. The wound, however, bled till afternoon, prompting critical care doctors to decide on referring him to Medanta Medicity.

Chief of TMH G. Ramdas said an air ambulance was expected to touch down at Sonari aerodrome around 3pm on Wednesday, but absence of a specialist from Medanta to accompany the victim had spurred the change in schedule.

“The patient will be flown to Delhi tomorrow morning,” Ramdas said, adding that Raj’s condition was critical but stable after the bleeding stopped.

Sources said the young executive’s parents, who are natives of Chapra in Bihar, visited him in hospital on Wednesday morning.

Police, on the other hand, are still groping in the dark.

City SP Karthik S., who is monitoring investigations, admitted that there had been “no progress” in the case. “We are doing our best, but as of now there is no noteworthy development,” he said.

SSP Amol V. Homkar, on his part, went into a huddle with police officers on Wednesday afternoon. He is said to have reviewed investigations so far and issued “necessary instructions” to his deputies to accelerate a breakthrough.

Raj, who is single and lives in P-Type flat in the city’s elite Nildih neighbourhood, was shot thrice — in the chest, shoulder and lower abdomen — around 10pm on March 10 outside the apartment of a friend. The two bike-borne assailants used a 7.65-calibre pistol for the attack.

The executive was first rushed to Tata Motors Hospital, where a pellet was removed from his shoulder. He was later referred to TMH bleeding, as a bullet was still trapped in the abdomen. The third had gone through his chest.

In the evening, Tata Steel managing director T.V. Narendran went into an hour-long huddle with East Singhbhum deputy commissioner Amitabh Kaushal at the district collectorate to express his concerns over the serial attacks on company executives.

Later, speaking to newspersons, he said: “We talked about the deteriorating law and order situation at length. I urged him to take steps to curb crime. We will offer all possible help from our end.”

Kaushal said he had assured Narendran that the administration would pull out all the stops to better the situation.

The Singhbhum Chamber of Commerce and Industry (SCCI) too has expressed serious concern over recurrent attacks on Tata officials.

SCCI president Suresh Sonthalia observed that until recently, criminals targeted mostly businessmen for cash and valuables. “But now, we have three attacks in four months and one official is dead. Police need to hone their intelligence gathering mechanism to unravel why corporate executives have suddenly become trigger marks,” he said.


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