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Arrested NCP leader hospitalised

india Updated: Aug 05, 2011 10:49 IST

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NCP national secretary Jitendra Deshprabhu, arrested in an illegal mining case, was hospitalised here after he complained of chest pain.

Deshprabhu was admitted to the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of Goa Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) near Panaji on Thursday night, few hours after he was arrested by Crime Branch.

GMCH Medical Superintendent Dr Rajan Cuncolienkar said that Deshprabhu was suffering from hypertension and chest pain. "He has been kept under observation," he said.

The NCP leader was arrested on Thursday evening after his anticipatory bail was rejected by Additional Principal District and Sessions judge in Panaji.

He is the prime accused in multi crore mining scam which is being probed by the Crime Branch. He is accused of illegally extracting ore from his property in Pernem taluka.

Crime Branch has already arrested Gitesh Naik, a contractor, who transported the ore from the site. State Mines and Geology department confirming the illegal ore extraction had fined Deshprabhu for Rs 1.7 crore.

Also, the Crime branch has already interrogated State Mines and Geology director Arvind Lolienkar, chief wildlife warden Shashi Kumar and Transport director Arun Desai in connection with this case.