A day after HT reported that a daily-wage worker from Patna had his hands chopped off by creditors for not clearing a debt of Rs 300, chief minister Nitish Kumar ordered the setting up of a special task force “to unravel the truth”.
The CM, who was addressing a two-day international conference on the RTI Act, said perpetrators of the crime would not be allowed to go scot-free.
The ‘inhuman punishment’ meted out to Ram Sagar Chandravanshi was also the talking point in the legislative council with the RJD members raising the issue during zero hour.
The cyberspace too was rife with outrage and offers to help Chandravanshi poured in.
“The victim is a Hindu and I am a Muslim. Can you forward the address of the family? We will repay this Rs 300 to help him out,” said netizen Ahmed.
Others like Kumar Abhishek Aditya rallied for a reasonable compensation for the victim and “trend-setting punishment to the perpetrators”.
Meanwhile, after spending 10 days on the floor of the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH), Chandravanshi, 20, was finally shifted to the trauma ward and allotted a bed.
Confirming this, PMCH superintendent Dr OP Choudhary said, “All medicines have been provided. If there is requirement for blood we will make arrangements.”
Attending surgeon, Dr SRK Singh said, “We are trying to save his hand.”
According to Chandravanshi, he was taken to a village near Patna where some contractors asked him to work in lieu of Rs 300 which he owed them. When he refused, they started hitting his hand with an axe.
When his family went to lodge an FIR the police did not entertain it initially, and even after they did, no action was taken.