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Tribal man missing: AIIMS

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences claimed that the tribal boy from Jharkhand with a bullet in his head, admitted after the Delhi High Court’s intervention, has run away, reports Jaya Shroff Bhalla.

delhi Updated: Feb 05, 2009 23:25 IST
Jaya Shroff Bhalla

The All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Thursday claimed that the tribal boy from Jharkhand with a bullet in his head, admitted after the Delhi High Court’s intervention, has run away.

The institute had initially refused treatment saying that the man been brought very late and had very slim chances of survival.

Stranger still is the fact that AIIMS has lodged a complaint with the Sarojini Nagar police station, alleging he has run away with “hospital property”, his own medical records.

Ironically, the man was still in judicial custody of Jharkhand Police and was with a policeman at the time he ran away. “He must have possibly hood-winked the police personnel and escaped. But I am not sure,” said an AIIMS official.

“According to the High Court directive, we admitted him on February 4 at the AIIMS trauma centre’s Ward No. 3. Today we sent him for his eye check-up at the RP eye centre, when he absconded with all his scan reports and medical records, all of which are hospital property. We have registered a police complaint,” said Dr D.K. Sharma, medical superintendent at AIIMS.

Shivlal Soren, 23, a tribal from Kathikund village in Dumka district of Jharkhand, arrived in Delhi on January 31 with a bullet embedded in his brain, which caused him to lose vision in one eyes.

After being refused admission for three days, he moved the Delhi High Court. A bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah ruled that the man be immediately treated.

He was injured following a police firing on a group of protesters, of which he was a part, objecting to land acquisition for a power plant at Kathikund in Santhal Pargana region.

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