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Newsmen Bureau

Kolkata, 18 October: THE condition of Trinamool MP and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee’s nephew Abhishek Banerjee is stable but nothing can be ruled out until the lapse of 72 hours, doctors at Belle Vue Clinic where he is admitted have said in the latest medical bulletin tonight.

The Chief Minister, who was at the nursing home this evening, has told reporters tonight that the injuries of Abhishek were “very serious” and he “might survive only because of the anxiety of all well-wishers.”

“The right side of his face has swelled up like anything and bleeding was still on when I saw him last in the intensive therapy unit. We are grateful to all who have expressed concern and are wishing his recovery. The Prime Minister called me up, honourable President has also enquired, and so has several others,” a visibly devastated Chief Minister said.

She said that doctors have decided to perform a surgery on Abhishek only after the lapse of 72 hours.

Twenty eight year old Abhishek was admitted to Belle Vue Clinic at Minto Park in south Kolkata in a grievously injured state after his convoy met with an accident on Durgapur Expressway at Singur in Hooghly today afternoon. Ten others, including his car driver and security guards, were discharged from the nursing home after first aid.

The four-member medical team, which is treating him, said that a deep cut injury below his left eye remained a cause for concern. “He is stable now but risks cannot be ruled out before 72 hours. This is because in this type of injury, complications do surface at a later stage,” one of the doctors said.

Trinamool secretary general Partha Chatterjee said that senior leaders of the party has decided to spend the night in a makeshift camp that has been erected opposite to Belle Bue Clinic. “We are aware that scores of Trinamool workers and well-wishers are in utter anxiety over Abhishek’s accident. They can come to the camp to learn about his latest health condition,” he said.

Meanwhile, CID has begun investigation into the accident that left Abhishek critically injured. A CID team went to the accident site near Himdari Chemicals at Singur tonight itself.

It has now emerged that a recovery van and a snag-hit milk van were lying static on a flank of the Durgapur Expressway facing towards Kolkata. Around 04 pm, while passing by the site, the front pilot car of Abhishek’s convoy on its way from Behrampore to Kolkata overtook the milk van at the last moment.

Abhishek was travelling in the car immediately behind it and due to the sudden move by the pilot car; his car dashed onto the static mill van and turned turtle. Another car of the convoy, which was moving just behind carrying Trinamool leader Manas Bhunia, lost control due to this and it too overturned on the road.

CID officers have detained the drivers of the recovery van and the milk van as well as their owners for questioning to find out if any deliberate foul play led to the accident.

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