Disabled pushed from running train

Cuttack: In a shocking incident, a 10-year-old physically challenged boy was allegedly pushed out of a running train leading to amputation of his right hand and leg, police said on Friday.

Pravakar Pradhan of Raghunathpur area in Jagatsinghpur district, who used to earn livelihood by begging in trains, was allegedly pushed from the running Palasa-Paradip DMU on Thursday night.

The boy who had already lost his left hand up to elbow one-and-half years ago in a fire incident, got his right leg severed under the wheels of the train while his right hand was also completely damaged, said Dr D N Moharana, superintendent of the S C B Medical College and Hospital.

"There was no option for doctors than amputing the boy`s right hand and right leg as gangrene had set in," Dr Moharana said adding that Pravakar was now left with a single limb, the left leg.

Pravakar had lost his father six years ago. He was the earning member of the family comprising his widow mother and a younger brother, said social activist B K Roy, who first admitted him at Jagatsinghpur district headquarter hospital last night.

The boy was shifted to the medical college hospital on Friday morning.

Meanwhile admitting a letter petition filed by Nationalist Lawyers Forum secretary Nishikanta Mishra, High Court`s Division Bench comprising Justice B P Das and Justice P K Nayak issued a direction to district collector of Cuttack to ensure the boy`s free of cost treatment.

The High Court also ordered the superintendents of Jagatsinghpur district and government railway police to probe into the incident and submit a status report on February 13.

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