‘Maoist’ Soni Sori admitted to hospital with injuries

RAIPUR: Soni Sori, a 36 year old adivasi school teacher arrested in New Delhi on charges of being a Maoist, and sent to Dantewada for police interrogation, was admitted to the district hospital on Monday morning with head and back injuries.

“She was unconscious when she was brought here around 9.30 am,” said Dr SPS Shandilya, chief medical officer.

An X- ray confirmed the injuries. “She has contusions on the right side of her head in the occipito pareital region. She also has tenderness in the lumbar region of the back,” said Dr R N Gangesh, who attended to her.

Dantewada SP Ankit Garg denied Sori had been beaten in custody. He claimed she had sustained injuries by falling in the bathroom.

Produced before a magistrate, Sori gave the same explanation for her injuries. “Didi said she had collapsed under the weight of acute mental stress,” said her brother Ramdev, who visted her in the hospital.

The magistrate sent her to judicial custody. For now, on account of her injuries, this has meant a return to the hospital bed.

Last week, produced in a Delhi court, Soni Sori had pleaded that she should not be sent back to Chhattisgarh since she feared for her life.

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