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Tapas suffers cerebral stroke

Tapas Paul

Calcutta, Aug. 19: Trinamul Congress MP Tapas Paul was hospitalised in Calcutta this morning after he suffered a cerebral stroke.

According to the doctor, Tapas Paul had complained of uneasiness and problem in vision at home last night.

He called physician Suddha Kalyan Paul, who is also his relative, in the morning and was asked to come to Belle Vue Clinic. The doctor advised hospitalisation on examination.

An MRI revealed that he had suffered a stroke.

“Tapas Paul suffered a cerebral stroke caused by ischaemia. He is in the ICCU and will be there under observation for at least a few more days,” said Suddha Kalyan Paul.

The actor-politician is said to be in his senses and the doctor said he would not require a surgery. “It is not a haemorrhagic stroke but one caused by ischaemia. Preliminary reports reveal it can be treated with drugs,” said the doctor.

In haemorrhagic stroke, there is a rupture in a blood vessel causing haemorrhage in a particular part of the brain. But in ischaemic stroke, the vessel gets clotted, stopping blood supply to a part of the brain, doctors said. Both conditions are potentially critical.

Tapas Paul’s “rape-and-shoot” speech had kicked up a nationwide storm and a case is being heard in Calcutta High Court.

He had issued a statement apologising to his party for the comments and the Trinamul leadership had treated the issue as a “closed chapter” following that.

But a special bench to be assigned by the chief justice of Calcutta High Court will hear a case questioning why police shouldn’t initiate action against him after two judges of a division bench had a split opinion on the course to be taken.

Tapas Paul had earlier been admitted to Belle Vue on July 7, days after his statements were aired.

He had then complained of high fever, high blood pressure and severe lower backache.