Odisha Sun Times Bureau
Kantabanji/Bhubaneswar, Feb 27:
On a day when senior Odisha Congress leader and former Kantabanji MLA Santosh Singh Saluja was shifted to New Delhi, the five persons arrested in connection with the murderous assault on him, his cousin Amarjit Singh and an advocate yesterday were sent to jail today after a local court refused to grant them bail.
Police had detained the five persons for interrogation yesterday in connection with the assault on the former MLA. They were formally arrested and produced in a local court, which rejected their bail petitions, police said.
Saluja was airlifted to Medanta Hospital at Gurgaon in an air ambulance from Bhubaneswar. The doctors at the private hospital where he was undergoing treatment said he had to be shifted since he has undergone kidney transplant.
“Such patients live on immuno suppresant drugs and require more time and specialized care for healing of their wounds,” said a doctor.
Saluja had been shifted to the SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack yesterday on the advice of the doctors at the district headquarters hospital in Bolangir where he had been admitted after the attack. He was, however, later shifted from the SCB to a private hospital here yesterday.
The Kantabanji strongman, along with his cousin and an advocate, had gone to Chatuanka village near Kantabanji to settle the dispute over a piece of land he had purchased in the village in the mid 1990s when he and the others accompanying him were attacked with sharp weapons by four persons.
Though Saluja had bought the patch of land, another person had been claiming rights over the property and had even constructed a makeshift house on the land , sources said.
A severely bleeding Saluja who had injuries on both legs, chest and shoulder was first rushed to the Kantabanji hospital from where he was shifted to the district headquarters hospital in Balangir and was later referred to SCB Medical College and Hospital at Cuttack by the hospital authorities at Balangir.
Saluja’s cousin Amarjit has been shifted to a private hospital at Raipur. His associate, who had received minor injuries, has been released after being administered first aid.