Knife used in attack on Jagan was not poisoned, doctors say

YSRCP leader had received injury on his left arm in a knife attack at Visakhapatnam airport

Hyderabad: A team of doctors on Tuesday examined the injury of Andhra Pradesh leader of opposition YS Jaganmohan Reddy and declared that no trace of any poison was found.

Dr Sambasiva Reddy of City Neuro Centre examined Jagan’s wound at his residence in Hyderabad and told the media that he was recovering well. “However it will take another six weeks for him to completely recover and resume his normal activi-ties”, he said.

Dr Reddy said that the report of the examination of his samples of blood has come and no trace of any poison was found. His party leaders had expressed fears that the knife used on attack on him on October 25 could have been poisoned. The toxicolo-gy report showed that the knife was made of aluminum, doctor said.

Jagan told the doctors that he was still feeling pain on moving his hand. “His condition is stable and blood pressure is also un-der control”, Dr Reddy said.

Jagan had received injury on his left arm in a knife attack by a person at Visakhapatnam airport when he was going to board a flight to Hyderabad.

The accused J Srinivas Rao was arrested and the police was now questioning him.

Meanwhile YSR Congress party general secretary Vijaysai Reddy reiterated the demand for a probe by Central Bureau of Investigation or some other central agency into the attack on Jagan. “We don’t have faith in the state police”, he said.

He charged the Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu and his party with attempting to politicize the attack. “It was an orga-nized attack on his life. Instead of condemning it the ruling par-ty is trying to politicize it”, he said.

He recalled that when Maoists had attacked Chandrababu Naidu in October 2003, then Congress leader YS Rajasekhar Reddy had held a sit in protest to condemn it and stood in solidarity with Naidu.

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