Shot 9 Times, CRPF Commandant Chetan Cheetah Cheats Death

CRPF commandant Chetan Cheetah, who was shot nine times during an encounter with terrorists in Kashmir, has made a miraculous recovery and was discharged from AIIMS, Delhi on Wednesday.

Cheetah was brought to the trauma centre of the premier medical institute 14 February, after being airlifted from Srinagar.

Doctors attending to him said he has shown a steely resolve to respond to their intensive medical care that went on for close to two months.

Professor of Trauma Surgery at AIIMS Subodh Kumar, while announcing his recovery in an interaction with journalists, said it was “nothing short of a miracle”.

According to doctors, the hope for vision returning to Cheetah's right eye are "bleak" although sight in his left eye, which sustained splinter injuries, has been restored.

Home Minister Rajnath Singh took to Twitter to hail the courage of the officer and said he wants to see Cheetah back in action.

MoS Home Kiren Rijiju visited Cheetah at the AIIMS Trauma centre and later said he was "proud" of the officer.

According to doctors, Cheetah will be left with some amount of disability but with proper rehabilitation and physiotherapy, he will improve over time.

Hailing from Rajasthan, Cheetah bore the initial brunt of the militant encounter in Hajjan area on 14 February, where a team of army, CRPF and police personnel had laid siege following intelligence inputs that two terrorists were hiding in the area.

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