Government Will Ensure Every Possible Help To The Injured Officer Of Bandipora Encounter, says Kiren Rijiju

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Speaking about the Commanding Officer, Chetan Cheetah, Union minister Kiren Rijiju has said that the central government will provide all possible help to the injured officer who got critically injured in the recent encounter with militants in the Bandipora district of Kashmir.

Commanding Officer in the Central Reserved Police Force, Chetan Cheetah is the commander of the 45th battalion and a decorated officer.

According to an India Today report, he took nine bullets during an encounter with three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants in Pir Mohalla, located in Bandipora district’s Hajin area. Three soldiers lost their lives and one of the militants who was believed to be a Pakistani and a Lashkar-e-Taiba member was killed in the gunfight. Six other security personnel and a civilian also suffered injuries, a police official said.

Following the incident, he was admitted to a military hospital in Srinagar but was flown from Srinagar to AIIMS in New Delhi in an air ambulance on Tuesday. He underwent a surgery on Wednesday to reduce to reduce intracranial pressure — the pressure inside his skull. He was also diagnosed with acidosis, a medical term for increased acidity in the blood and other body tissues.

Army Chief Bipin Rawat visited him in AIIMS to see the condition of the victim. As per the input from the hospital authorities, Cheeta had already lost excessive blood when he was brought to the hospital. As of now, he is on a ventilator and is still in a critical situation.

Prayers for Cheetah’s recovery poured in from various parts of the country. As per Hindi News-18, people offered prayers at Dargah Sharif of Ajmer and various temples across Jaipur for the quick recovery of the soldier.

The brave soldier has already lost his right eye during the encounter and is fighting hard to survive the odds.

As per a Firstpost report, AIIMS Spokesperson Amit Gupta said that the injured officer was reacting to painful stimuli but his situation remains critical. Gupta further added, "Repeat CT scan showed raised intracranial pressure following which he was taken for surgery immediately... his condition remains critical". The doctor also added that Cheeta had bilateral upper limbs fractures.

India and its arch-rival nation Pakistan have fought two of their three wars over the Kashmir issue. India accuses Pakistan of smuggling in men, equipment, and counterfeit cash to back separatist fighters. The battle between the two nations has continued for years. God knows when this fight will come to an end but such problems will continue to exist and soldiers will shed their blood until both the countries reach some agreement.

For the time being, let’s pray for the speedy recovery of the soldier. We can only hope that the severely injured soldier returns home safely and go back to the work he was assigned to and save the nation from foreign intruders and separatist forces operating within the nation.