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Tata manager regains senses

Tata Steel executive Ratnesh Raj, who was shot at and critically injured on the night of March 10, is showing signs of improvement, reports from the Gurgaon-based multi-speciality hospital, where he was referred to three days after the attack, said on Tuesday.

The 28-year-old equipment maintenance manager from Jamshedpur has regained his senses at Medanta Medicity and his bullet-punctured liver has stopped bleeding. His motor functions have returned partially, though he is yet to regain his power of speech.

“My nephew is much better now. His condition is improving gradually. I am in touch with the team of doctors attending to him. They have assured me that Ratnesh is getting better by the day,” uncle A.K. Ojha said over phone from Gurgaon.

The Tata Steel manager was fired upon in front of a friend’s apartment in Ghorabandha, on the outskirts of the city, last week. Two assailants on a bike pumped three bullets into his shoulder, chest and abdomen from close range soon after he got off his car, in an eerily similar fashion in which TML Drivelines executive Brajesh Sahay was killed on February 23.

Raj, a resident of P-Type flats in Nildih, was rushed to Tata Motors Hospital, where a bullet was removed from his shoulder. The next evening, he was admitted to Tata Main Hospital. A pellet lodged in the liver was removed by surgery there, but bleeding continued intermittently. On March 13 evening, Raj was airlifted to Medanta.

While the immediate threat to his life may have been averted, police are still groping in the dark on who targeted him and why.

City DSP K.N. Chowdhury said they were probing “every angle”, but conceded that they were yet to make headway. “The case is likely to unfold only after the victim gives his statement. So, we are waiting for Ratnesh Raj to recover and return to city,” he added.

Chowdhury also admitted that police had not achieved any breakthrough in Brajesh Sahay murder case. “Investigations are on,” he said.

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