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Pravin planned it a month ago

PRAVIN MAHAJAN had decided to kill his brother a month ago. Since then, he had been constantly trying to get a chance to meet Pramod Mahajan and carry out the plan. Pravin revealed his "decision to kill" Pramod during his interrogations by the Worli police. Police Commissioner A.N. Roy confirmed this. "He had decided to kill him around a month ago and was looking for an opportunity to shoot him," he told HT.

india Updated: Apr 24, 2006 00:39 IST

PRAVIN MAHAJAN had decided to kill his brother a month ago. Since then, he had been constantly trying to get a chance to meet Pramod Mahajan and carry out the plan.

Pravin revealed his "decision to kill" Pramod during his interrogations by the Worli police. Police Commissioner A.N. Roy confirmed this. "He had decided to kill him around a month ago and was looking for an opportunity to shoot him," he told HT.

Asked if Pravin expressed any remorse or enquired about his brother who is battling for life at Hinduja Hospital, Roy said, "Pravin has clearly stated that he wanted to kill his brother and had shot only to kill. He has shown no indication of any remorse till now."

Some police interrogators said Pravin showed no signs of being mentally disturbed either. On the contrary, he appeared to be absolutely cool, coherent and logical when replying to questions.

"Even the personal assistants of my brother have struck riches over the years," Pravin is said to have told his interrogators, according to sources. "They're all crorepatis due to the contracts and other incentives they get due to my brother's largesse. But he never showed the same largesse to me, which could have made me rich as well."

Pravin is said to be nursing a deep sense of inferiority complex vis-à-vis his "high profile, bada aadmi" elder brother and hurt that the latter did not do anything to get him "big construction contracts".

Struggle in hospital continues

ANJALI Doshi

THOUGH THERE have been some signs of improvement in the condition of BJP general secretary Pramod Mahajan, he is still critical.

Mahajan, who had shown signs of consciousness on Saturday night, seemed to be making good progress on Sunday. But by evening his blood pressure began to fluctuate and he had to be rushed to the operation theatre. Excess fluid from his body was drained and a procedure to remove and redo the surgical packing around internal organs — which was scheduled for Monday — was done on Sunday night. The procedure lasted around two hours.

The Hinduja Hospital authorities said Mahajan's condition remained critical but his vital signs had somewhat stabilised.

A team of surgeons at Hinduja Hospital in consultation with Dr Mohammed Rela, a liver transplant specialist flown in from London, decided to drain the fluid that had accumulated in Mahajan's body as his kidneys were not functioning properly. This led to fluid accumulation.

Although no "surgery" was conducted, doctors used dialysis to drain the fluid, and removed the heavy surgical pads they had placed around the pancreas and the liver to stop the bleeding.

Earlier, at around 5 p.m. Mahajan's condition appeared to be improving as the oozing of blood from the liver had significantly reduced and he recognised his son Rahul and brother-in-law Gopinath Munde.

First Published: Apr 24, 2006 00:37 IST