Arjun Munda condition improving: Doctors

Ranchi: The condition of Jharkhand Chief Minister Arjun Munda, who suffered injuries when a helicopter carrying him crash-landed here, was "much better" today and doctors were planning to shift him out of the ICU.

"He is much better and could be shifted to the ward in the evening," superintendent of Apollo Hospital P D Sinha said.

"BJP MLA Barkuanr Gagrai and the chief minister`s security officer Manoj Singh were shifted to the ward from the ICU in the morning," he said. Sinha said Munda`s wife was also doing well.

A team of doctors headed by neurosurgeon Dr Sanjay Kumar were treating the injured, including the two pilots, J P S Kaushik and Vipul Kumar Singh, who suffered fractures in their waist, he said.

Munda, who was given semi-solid food since yesterday, told the doctors last night that prayers of the people had boosted his confidence. He also thanked the people for wishing him speedy recovery.

Munda, his wife, two pilots, an MLA and a security officer had suffered injuries after their helicopter crash-landed at the Birsa Munda Airport here on Wednesday.