Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Thieves chop off man's hand, docs attach it again

Thieves chop off man's hand, docs attach it again
TNN, Apr 27, 2010, 03.13am IST



BANGALORE: In a bizarre attack, strangers chopped off Bharath B Jain's left hand at the wrist on Sunday night when he was talking on his cellphone in Mamoolpet area in City Market police limits.

Bharath, a native of Rajasthan, stays with his cousin Lalith Kumar M Jain in Mamoolpet and works in his jewellery shop. Around 9 pm, when Bharath was talking on the phone in front of his house on Ganjamath Lane, two men suddenly attacked him with knives and fled.

Kunda Ram, another worker at the shop, raised an alarm and Bharath was taken to St Martha's Hospital. Around midnight, he was shifted to St John's Hospital where doctors on Monday performed a major surgery to reattach the hand. Hospital authorities said his condition was stable. "The next ten days are critical as the arteries could stop functioning at any point of time. At the moment, the hand is fine,'' they said.

While police are clueless about the attack, it triggered anger in the locality. Sajjan Raj Mehta, former president of Karnataka Hosiery and Garments Association, and several concerned citizens from the area met DCP West B Shivakumar. Mehta said it was an attempted robbery: "There has been chain snatching and mobile snatching in the area over the past month. This was probably one such incident," he said.

Lalith Jain said there was no other motive. "There are no streetlights in our area and it's not safe at all. There's no regular police patrolling which makes it easy for thugs to attack hapless people,'' he said.

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