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Bitten by rat, Nitish loses cool

india Updated: May 02, 2010 23:31 IST
Rajesh Kumar Thakur
Rajesh Kumar Thakur
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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, who is crisscrossing the state to connect with voters ahead of this year’s assembly polls, had a stressful Saturday, with an angry mob hurling stones at his cavalcade.

The night, unfortunately, did not provide much relief to the CM: he was reportedly bitten by a rat in Sitamarhi district’s Circuit House, where he was resting after a gruelling day.

Kumar, who is on a vishwas yatra (trust march), woke up in pain after he felt a rat nibbling at his left hand’s middle finger, sources said.

The irritated CM summoned his security. Officials scurried to call the district’s civil surgeon, who arrived within minutes. A thorough examination followed, and Kumar was administered an anti-tetanus vaccine, and given a couple of antibiotics and a painkiller.

Dr B.K. Prasad, Sitamarhi’s civil surgeon, later told the media that a thin film of blood had appeared on the CM’s finger because of the rat bite. Not surprisingly, Kumar was unable to sleep for the rest of the night, sources said.

He was re-examined by a team of doctors on Sunday morning before his scheduled departure for Muzaffarpur. He boarded the state chopper with a bandaged finger.

Earlier on Saturday, residents of Sitamarhi’s Patahi village, whose houses were gutted in a recent fire and who have yet to get the promised administrative relief, blocked the district headquarter town’s Kargil Chowk through which Kumar and his men were supposed to pass.

They demanded to meet Kumar, but authorities did not permit them do so.

When the mob turned unruly, the police resorted to lathi-charge. The villagers retaliated by pelting stones and damaging a few cars in Kumar’s cavalcade.

A probe has been ordered into the stone-pelting incident. Meanwhile, there’s no word on whether the offending rat was caught.