A 32-year-old man from Badaut in Shajapur district was brought to the MY Hospital, Indore, Saturday morning with a serious throat and stomach injuries, suspected to be self-inflicted. However, his family members claimed the injuries as cat bites.
Badaut police said doctors there intimated that the injured, Chandrapal Singh, a devotee of Devi, tried to slit his throat.
According to Bajrang Singh, the uncle of Chandrapal, — the incident happened last night when Chandrapal, who regularly visits Lal Maata temple in the area, was sleeping alone in his room. “There was a fight between two cats and we were all woken up by the noise. It was just then we heard Chandrapal shouting for help,” Bajrang said.
According to the mother of Chandrapal, Deep Kunwar, “When we heard his screams, we all went to his room and saw him bleeding. His throat was slit and we suspect one cat bit off a portion of his throat.” She also claimed that her son sometime gets possessed.
The injured, a farmer, was immediately taken to the local hospital, where the doctor on duty, intimated the police and then referred him to Ujjain. From there, he was referred to the MY Hospital.
At the MY, he was operated upon for nearly four hours before shifting him to the surgical ICU. “The wound does not at all look like a cat bite. It surely is a wound – maybe self-inflicted – with a sharp object. The trachea was pulled out; the patient was not able to breathe. We have now put a tube to ease his breathing,” Dr Omkar Singh, one of the doctors of the surgeons’ team led by Dr Sudershan Odiya, who operated Chandrapal, said.
The doctors, however, declined to give more details as it was a medico-legal case. Apart from the throat injury, Chandrapal also had a stab-like wound on his stomach. Two teams of surgeons operated Chandrapal, who has two children. His brother Surendra, a schoolteacher, reiterated, “See, it’s true none of us have seen any cat biting him.
But the kind of sounds we heard, we have no doubt, it was a cat bite.” One of the doctors, requesting anonymity, maintained, “We have to go by what the history sheet says. Even when we suspect this is not a cat bite, we have to believe what the patient or his attendant says.
Maybe the family wants to avoid any complication like a police case.” When contacted, Badaut police station sources said they had received intimation from the local hospital about the incident but no case was registered. “The doctor told us that there was a case wherein the person concerned tried to inflict injuries on himself,” according to Badaut police officer.