Doctors say no bullets found, only ‘aberration’ marks on injured villagers
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Residents of Loba village in Dubrajpur claimed that six of them, including a woman and a Class XII student, sustained bullet injuries. But the doctor's prima facie report said that no bullet was found in any of the victims, although all them had "aberration marks" on their bodies.
As far as the medical report is concerned, it was ambiguous as to how the "aberrations" were caused.
Dr Manabendra Ghosh, Medical Superintendent of Suri Government Hospital, said: "We treated all the six injured villagers. We found aberration marks which can be caused by several kind of sharp weapons. But we are not yet sure that what has caused the injury."
"It can be caused by bullet, by splinters and arrows too. We have found aberration marks on every villagers' body. But as per the medical knowledge goes it can be said that in case of bullet injury we can see a charred mark surrounding the injury. But in these cases, we did not find any such marks," he added.
Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, who has initiated action against the Birbhum Superintendent of Police Hrishikesh Meena for "mishandling the mob", denied that the police opened fired at the villagers.
However one of those injured, Gautam Ghosh, who was admitted in the hospital, claimed that the doctors had operated him had taken out a bullet from his left leg.
"I was guarding the earth-moving vehicle. For the last 11 months, at least 10-12 villagers guard the vehicle. On Monday night, I was posted along with 10 others near the vehicle. At around 4 in the morning, we heard the noise of several vehicles. As we woke up we saw that at least 40 police vehicles were coming towards us. We tried to block the road. But the policemen started beating us and we fled from the spot. Meanwhile, hearing our screams, others started gathering at the spot. Seeing so many villagers gathered, policemen started firing at us. A bullet hit my left leg and I fell unconscious," Ghosh said.