Court comes to rescue of Jharkhand tribal

February 3rd, 2009 - 11:49 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Feb 3 (IANS) The Delhi High Court Tuesday came to the rescue of a tribal who lost his vision after a bullet fired by the police pierced his brain through the eye, and ruled that the man will be treated at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences(AIIMS) here. The AIIMS earlier turned him away on the plea that he was brought there too late.The victim, who has been battling for life for over two months as the bullet is still embedded in his brain, was injured when the police fired at a group of agitators of which he was a part, during a protest against land acquisition for a private power plant.

Shivlal Soren, 23, a tribal from Kathikund village in Dumka district who continues to be in judicial custody, was referred to the AIIMS by a Ranchi hospital.

However, Soren, who was brought to the capital by the Jharkhand police Jan 31, was turned away by the AIIMS on the ground that he victim was brought very late for treatment, that his condition had deteriorated and the chances of his survival were slim.

A bench headed by Chief Justice Ajit Prakash Shah directed the AIIMS authorities to immediately treat Soren and file a status report Wednesday.

Soren was hit by a bullet on Dec 6 last year when the villagers were protesting against land acquisition for setting up 1,000 MW power plants at Kathikund in Santhal Pargana region.

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