Malda baby still critical, forensic and ballistic experts to visit spot today

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SOUMYA DE SARKAR/ SAGAR RAJAK
MALDA
1 Sep 2018

Mrinal Mandal, 3, who sustained a bullet injury on forehead 48 hours ago during a political clash, has reportedly responded to treatment slightly after a three-hour long surgery was conducted upon him. The doctors, however, have not passed any definite comment on his condition. Meanwhile, a forensic team accompanied by ballistic specialists would visit Ramnagar village under Manikchak police station where the baby was shot at on Thursday.
Dulal Sarkar, officiating district Trinamool president said, “We have learnt that the baby kept at intensive care unit has cried sometimes. Doctors believe that he sensed the pain gradually and so responded. However, they do not like reach a conclusion about the baby’s health before another 72 hours.”
“District party leadership has been in constant touch with doctors. We are bearing the entire cost of treatment,” Sarkar said.
Meanwhile, no one has been arrested so far in connection with the incident. District police officials remained tightlipped about identification and arrest of the culprit.
A senior police official on condition of anonymity said, “The probe is still in progress. Some breakthrough could be made after the forensic abd ballistic experts take stock of the spot on Sunday.”
It has been learnt from police sources that all possibilities are thoroughly looked into. The house has been cordoned by police personnel and none is being allowed to enter the room where the baby was shot at.
Cover of a bullet was recovered from the spot and blood-stains were found on the wall of the room.
It is being speculated too that an old enmity with someone close to the baby’s family could have done the brutal act.
Sources in the police department said that primary probe had not yet supported the guess that the miscreants had fired rampantly as in that case numerous bullet-marks would have been seen on walls.
Trinamool leader Sarkar, however, still believes that the baby was a victim of firing by BJP backed miscreants. “A probe would unmask the BJP,” he said.
District BJP president Sanjit Mishra, on the contrary, refuted the allegation once again. “Firing at an innocent baby is a heinous act and BJP in no way was involved in it. The baby was a victim of Trinamool’s internal squabbling. An impartial detailed probe would clear all doubts,” Mishra said.