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Hospital claims blast victim brought dead; police deny

Last Updated: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 00:15

Allahabad: Did the explosion in which Uttar
Pradesh minister Nand Gopal Gupta "Nandi" and two others were
injured claim any life?

Confusion prevailed soon after the blast outside the
minister`s residence here with hospital authorities saying one
person was "brought dead" from the site of incident even as
police denied knowledge of the same.

"One Rakesh Malaviya was brought dead from the site of
the blast,"A K Bansal, Director of the Jeevan Jyoti Hospital,
told reporters.

Malaviya`s wife too claimed her husband had gone to the
minister`s house seeking his intervention in some "personal
matter" and had died in the explosion.

However, when contacted, Circle Officer Rajesh Kumar, who
is the Deputy Superintendent of Police in-charge of the area,
said "to the best of my knowledge, all the people injured in
the blast are undergoing treatment and there is no death".

Meanwhile, Bansal said the condition of Nandi, who was
injured in the blast apparently targeting him, is stable but
has been referred to the PGI hospital at Lucknow as "they are
better equipped to handle such cases".

He said the condition of journalist Vijay Pratap Singh
and the minister`s gunner Sanjay continued to be serious.

"Singh has received serious injuries in his chest and
abdomen while Sanjay has grievous wounds in his neck. Both
have been put on a ventilator," he said.


First Published: Tuesday, July 13, 2010 - 00:15
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