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Injured policeman airlifted to Bengaluru for better treatment


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Kalaburagi: Sreemanth Illal, Circle Inspector of Police, who was injured in an attack by a gang of ganja smugglers in a village bordering Karnataka-Maharashtra in the district on September 23, was air-lifted to the city on Monday morning.

The police officer was taken to Kalaburagi airport in an ambulance after the roads were cleared off for smooth movement of the vehicle.

Kalaburagi SP Isha Pant had requested the home ministry to airlift Ilal to Bengaluru for better treatment in an high-tech hospital. Ilal was shifted two days after he was admitted to the United Hospital.

Ilal was brutally assaulted by a gang of over 40 ganja smugglers near a village on Karnataka-Maharashtra border on late Friday night.

The officer was attacked when he led a police team to hunt down the ganja smugglers. After reaching the village, he dispatched some officials to hunt down the smugglers in surrounding areas and remained at the forested area along with a couple of constables.

As soon as the smugglers charged to attack the victim, the contables escaped from the site, leaving Ilal in the lurch as they brutally attacked him.

Ilal sustained head and multiple rib injuries, alongwith his jaws bruished. Soon he was given preliminary treatment at a local hospital in Basavakalyan and then shifted to the United Hospital, a super-speciality hospital for accident, trauma and critical care, in Kalaburagi on September 24.

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