Delayed take-off for Tata manager

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  • Published 14.03.14

Critically wounded Tata Steel executive Ratnesh Raj was airlifted to Medanta Medicity in Gurgaon from Tata Main Hospital in Jamshedpur on Thursday evening.

The air ambulance, which was supposed to ferry him to the multi-speciality medical institute on Thursday morning, arrived only at 7pm owing to inclement weather en route.

Hospital sources said that though weather conditions in both Delhi and Jamshedpur were conducive for take-off and touchdown in the morning, rough climate in Lucknow — which falls on the flight path — delayed matters.

The 28-year-old equipment maintenance manager was, finally, airlifted from Sonari aerodrome at 7.45pm.

Ratnesh Raj’s condition, however, remains critical. “Though profuse bleeding from the liver stopped since Wednesday afternoon, there is still intermittent seepage, which is definitely a cause of serious concern,” said Tata Main Hospital chief G. Ramdas.

The young executive was shot at and injured by two bike-borne assailants in front of a friend’s apartment in Ghorabandha — a stone’s throw from former chief minister Arjun Munda’s residence — on Monday, March 10.

Of the three bullets fired, one went through his chest, another was removed from his shoulder at Tata Motors Hospital and the third was taken out of his abdomen at Tata Main Hospital.

Father S.P. Ojha said he was hopeful his son would recover soon at Medanta. “It is a bigger hospital with better facilities. I am grateful to doctors of TMH for the decision,” the 70-year-old farmer from Chhapra, Bihar, said.

Police, on the other hand, are still groping in the dark. “We are trying our best to find out who all are involved in the crime. A breakthrough in the case is yet to come,” said city DSP K.N. Chowdhury.