Delhi University associate professor Prasanta Chakravarty, who was allegedly beaten up by students during clashes at Ramjas College last week, was rushed to a hospital after he “passed out” with a “shooting abdominal pain” on Sunday.
In a post on a social networking site, Chakravarty said he was taken to the emergency department of the Fortis in Noida and diagnosed with “contusion and concealed spasms on the right abdomen and on spinal extensor muscles”.
This means the abdominal region and spinal muscles had bruised due to rupturing of the thin blood vessels and had involuntary muscular contraction, doctors said.
“Effected by heavy boot kicks perhaps. a couple of ribs also impaired--will require protracted treatment. pain needs to abate first now. intravenous meds and drips on. if that does not work, other possibilities will be explored. MLC report of Feb 22 followed up by the hospital authorities (sic),” the professor posted.
Injuries he sustained to the ribs would need prolonged treatment, sources said.
Chakravarty was injured when a clash between two groups of students, one led by the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) and another by the All India Students Association (AISA), turned violent on Wednesday.
When contacted for his reaction, Chakravarty said he was not in a “physical condition” to hold conversation.
Sources said he was brought to the hospital at 6.30am and he left at 8.15am.
“His x-rays and ultrasound were normal and he was in stable condition. The injuries are not serious, but he has muscular sprain, which can be very painful. All we need to do is pain management,” said a hospital spokesperson.
Chakravarty was taken to Bara Hindu Rao hospital earlier on Wednesday after being roughed up by suspected ABVP members.
He had then told HT, “I was beaten up by 15 people, possibly ABVP members... I was at the site to express my solidarity with the protesting students.”
The ABVP refuted the allegations of attacking teachers and students. “These are false allegations. No one among us indulged in any violent activity. Our opposition was to people who had raised slogans for freedom of Kashmir,” said Satinder Awana, former Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) president.
Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) member Abha Dev Habib said Chakravarty, who was planning to join classes from Monday, might have to defer the joining.