‘She has a severe injury in her left heel and ankle bone area’
West Bengal’s Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee is injured but stable doctors say after she sustained several injuries to her leg, feet and shoulder from an alleged attack during the filing of her nomination papers from Nandigram seat on Wednesday.
Mamata was rushed to Kolkata and has been kept under 48 hours of observation at the SSKM Hospital in the city, reports news18.com.
Addressing the media, a senior doctor of the SSKM College and Hospital said: “Presently she is traumatised. She has a severe injury in her left heel and ankle bone area. There are minor soft tissue and ligament injuries. We have also found injuries on her right shoulder, right forearm and her feet, as well.”
A team of five doctors was formed to supervise her treatment and four more experts may join them to facilitate her speedy recovery. The doctors are now trying to bring her out of trauma to initiate further tests and examinations like ECG and diabetes, in order to ensure that she is able to respond quickly to treatment quickly.
On Wednesday, the chief minister said she was pushed by four or five people against her car and had the door shut on her at a time when there were no police personnel around her, reports NDTV.
The incident occurred at Birulia Anchal Market, 5 km from Reyapara, where Mamata Banerjee stopped to talk to the media about the incident.
Mamata Banerjee told reporters that she was pushed by four or five men while she was trying to get into her car. Pointing to her leg, she added, "See how it is swelling up." Asked if it was a planned attack, she said, "Of course it is a conspiracy... there were no policemen around me."
Sukhendu Sekhar Ray, Trinamool MP (currently in Nandigram) said: "At about 6.15 pm, when she was about to leave Birulia Anchal after performing puja in a temple, a few unknown persons pushed her to the car and forcibly shut the door, as a result of which she sustained injuries in her left leg and suffered severe pain in the waist."
Nandigram will be the biggest battleground in the state elections that begin by the end of this month. The chief minister has been challenged by her erstwhile aide Suvendu Adhikari, who is now representing the BJP.
The assembly polls – in eight phases – are set to begin on March 27.
About 7.3 million voters will choose a representative for the 17th legislative assembly in West Bengal.