Though the Chandigarh Police has received a clean chit in the alleged encounter at Moga, the Sub-Inspector of UT Police, Rajdeep Singh, who suffered a bullet injury, is yet to get a clean chit to lead a normal life. While the S-I has resumed duty of an investigating officer at the Sector 39 police station, he says that he is walking with a “ticking bomb” as the bullet remains embedded in his spine.
Rajdeep underwent three major surgeries. “My life is in the hands of this bullet,” he told Newsline.
“There is numbness in my right leg. I have not been able to walk properly ever since. I was asked to avoid a waist belt and any exercise that causes stress to my spine. Doctors have not even advised me any physiotherapy exercises,” he said.
Rajdeep, who was then posted in the Crime Branch of Chandigarh Police, was one of the officers in the police teams who had gone to Moga to arrest some alleged contract killers who had assaulted a student at his paying guest accommodation in June last year.
Two men were killed in the alleged encounter which happened on June 25 last year. Also, Rajdeep and a head constable had suffered injuries. Rajdeep was critical and admitted to the Dayanand Medical College.
“The bullet which hit me had tore my intestine completely. The doctors performed the first surgery on June 25 (day of the incident) last year and stitched the tissues. I was put off diet for five days. After this, when they fed me liquids for the first time, the wastage spilled in the abdomen causing a panic amongst the doctors,” said Rajdeep.
He added that the second surgery was performed on July 3, 2014, to try and repair the tissues again, but in vain.
On November 3 last year, a colostomy was performed to give him time to repair the tissues which were not getting healed. “It is a procedure usually performed for colon cancer patients,” said Rajdeep.
Till this time, the bullet remained in his spine rendering his lower limbs to function less. He was transferred to the Police Lines and was shifted for a regular duty in March this year.
“The doctors at DMC had given a green signal to perform an operation to remove the bullet from my spine. However, I consulted some doctors who advised that it should not be removed at that time,” said Rajdeep.
The S-I is now undergoing treatment at PGI and the spine centre in Delhi for the constant numbness in his right leg. “I will soon be taking an appointment with the doctors to take another opinion for removing the bullet. It has damaged some nerves, so the neurologist has to be consulted,” added the S-I.
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