Acid attack on ex-MLA
A senior Samajwadi Party leader Ramakant Misra sustained serious burn injuries on his face and chest after unidentified miscreants hurled acid on him in Balrampur House locality of the city early morning on Wednesday. The miscreants, who had come on a mobike were reportedly carrying a can containing acid, escaped after the incident. Seventy-year-old Misra who was suddenly blindfolded fell in a drain when he tried to rush home in panic. The incident took place in front of the house of one Kripa Ram Misra, who rushed to help Ramakant and raised an alarm. Ramakant had come out of the house on his routine morning walk when the incident took place at about 6 am.
He was immediately rushed to a nursing home where from he was taken to the emergency ward of the SRN hospital after first aid.
A large crowd of admirers, friends and political colleagues gathered outside the emergency ward as the news spread in the city. Being founder of four degree colleges in his Bara constituency from where he was elected MLA twice Misra is very popular in his area.
Dozens of teachers, managers and employees of his institutions also rushed to the SRNH and the flow had not stopped as people had been rushing to the hospital to see as to what had happened. But no body was allowed to enter the wing in which he had been kept.
What has left many baffled is the manner in which the he was attacked with acid. According to people close to him he had no enemies. All his institutions were reportedly running without any controversy.
Misra had started his political career from the Congress Party in the days of late Indira Gandhi. Later he joined the BJP. Thereafter he switched over to Samajwadi Party.
He is also said to be instrumental in the victory of Reoti Raman Singh who defeated BJP's Dr Murli Manohar Joshi in the last parliamentary elections.
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