Commando Sohan Singh who took a bullet in encounter with Anandpal airlifted to Gurgaon
Constable Sohan Singh, who played an important role in gunning down gangster Anandpal Singh and had sustained bullet injury was Friday airlifted to Medanta Hospital in Gurgaon.
Doctors at SMS Hospital in Jaipur, where the Rajasthan Police’s emergency response team (ERT) commando was undergoing treatment, said Singh developed an infection that was unresponsive to medicines.
Health minister Kali Charan Saraf said the decision to shift Singh to Gurgaon was taken following chief minister Vasundhara Raje’s directions.
SMS Hospital’s superintendent Dr DS Meena said the police commando was brought to hospital on June 25, a day after the late night encounter, with bullet injury in his spinal cord. “He later developed an infection in the lungs. The infection is not fatal but a medical board formed to monitor his treatment decided to send him to a better health facility,” Meena said.
The superintendent said the infection was resistant to treatment.
After the decision to shift him out of SMS Hospital was taken, state government coordinated with the Union health ministry and sought an air ambulance to take Singh to Gurgaon.
Home secretary Deepak Upreti, director general of police Manoj Bhatt, additional DG of armed battalions OP Galhotra, Jaipur police commissioner Sanjay Agarwal and top officers of the special operations group (SOG), including inspector general MN Dinesh, were present at the SMS Hospital to ensure smooth movement of the commando to Jaipur airport.
“We created a green corridor and took him to the airport in just seven minutes,” said police commissioner Agarwal.
The air ambulance with Singh on board took off from Jaipur around 5.30 pm.
SMS Hospital administration said Dr Dhananjay Agarwal, who was taking care of the commando, accompanied him to Gurgaon. “The medical records were emailed to Medanta even before the air ambulance arrived,” said an officer.
The commando looked stable when he was wheeled out of SMS Hospital. He also removed the oxygen mask once and gestured to people surrounding him. Some members of his family were also present.
“The Rajasthan police and people of the state are praying for him to get well soon. I’m sure he will be back with us soon,” said Umesh Mishra, additional DG of SOG.
Prayer meetings are being held at police lines across the state for Singh’s speedy recovery.
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