Five days after senior CPI leader Govind Pansare was attacked in Kolhapur, he was flown to Mumbai's Breach Candy hospital for further treatment.
According to doctors at Kolhapur's Aster hospital, where Pansare was being treated, the decision to shift him was taken to avoid any complications even as his condition was stable now.
"Considering that Pansare is diabetic and required to be subjected to advance surgery, he has been shifted to Mumbai by air ambulance," said Ulhas Damle, chief medical officer at Aster hospital. The CPI leader was stable, although there was swelling in his lungs, Damle said.
Moments before Pansare was flown to Mumbai, chief minister Devendra fadnavis has tweeted about the development.
Shri Pansareji's condition is stable. Process of obtaining all necessary consents is on. Trying best & praying for his speedy recovery.— Devendra Fadnavis (@Dev_Fadnavis) February 20, 2015
Following the orders of the CM, the Kolhapur district collector Rajaram Mane held a meeting with the doctors at Aster hospital and Pansare's family members. The administration had made arrangements of air ambulance since Thursday.
Initially Pansare's family members had expressed reservations about shifting him to Mumbai. But after speaking with the doctors, they finally gave their consent.
Pansare was accompanied by his daughter-in-law Medha and a doctor from Aster hospital.
The CPI leader and his wife Uma were attacked on Monday by unidentified assailants when the couple was returning home from a morning walk in Kolhapur's Shivaji University area. Pansare was critically injured in the attack while his wife sustained head injuries. The assailant fled the spot immediately after the attack.
The ATS and Mumbai crime branch are assisting the Kolhapur police in the probe. However, the police have not been able to achieve any breakthrough in the case.