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Budhia's coach threatens to move HC

Biranchi Das has accused docs of forcibly examining the marathon kid.

india Updated: May 09, 2006 15:56 IST

With Orissa government thinking of restraining child prodigy Budhia Singh from running long distances, his coach Biranchi Das on Tuesday threatened to initiate legal action against those involved in the "forcible" medical examination of the boy.

"I'm going to move the Orissa High Court against doctors, child welfare committee members, police and government officials on Tuesday for the manner in which they conducted Budhia's medical test," Das said in Bhubaneswar on Monday.

He alleged that Budhia was "dragged out" and taken in a police jeep to the government-run Capital Hospital in Bhubaneswar for the tests on May 5.

"It is a criminal act. How did the doctors give their consent to bring the child in this manner? At the time of the test, Budhia was not a normal child due to the events which unfolded around him," the coach said.

"Despite such apprehensions, doctors went ahead with the tests. I even doubt their credibility as they acted as per the government's whims," he said.

Women and Child Development minister Pramila Mallick had on Monday said that based on the boy's medical report, the Law and the Home departments would be consulted whether Budhia could be restrained from running long distances.

Budhia earned a place in the Limca Book of Records on May 2 after running 65 km from Puri to Bhubaneswar in 7 hours.