A doctor attending on daily-wage worker Ram Sagar Chandravanshi, whose hands were allegedly mutilated for his inability to repay a Rs 300 debt, has rejected the police claim that the injury was the outcome of a train accident.
"It is not a sharp cut wound. His carpal bones are fractured. It is unlikely that the injury has been caused by a train accident unless he deliberately put his hands under the wheels of a train," said Dr SRK Singh of Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH).
"Had it been a train injury, his hands would have been cut in two pieces," the assistant professor of the plastic surgery department added. "His right hand is lacerated and crushed. It has developed gangrene and has to be amputated. We are trying our best to salvage his left hand, which, too, is fast turning black."Ram Sagar, 20, of Arwal district, 85 km southwest of Patna, was accommodated in the trauma ward on Friday, after lying on the hospital floor for more than 10 days. He has alleged that henchmen of private contractors hit him on his hands with an axe in Kodra village of his district after he failed to repay the debt.
Initially, Arwal superintendent of police Bimal Kumar had termed Ram Sagar's allegations concocted.
According to the police, Ram Sagar - married just a month ago - was rescued from Danapur after he fell from a train on February 19. The Government Railway Police admitted him to the PMCH as Ram Sagar 'Kahar'.
Magadh range deputy inspector general NH Khan - who had not been dismissive of Ram Sagar's allegations - was asked by chief minister Nitish Kumar on Friday to constitute a special task force "to unravel the truth". The task force will submit its inquiry report on Tuesday.