Chattisgarh Maoist Attack: Congress leader V.C. Shukla critical

The 84-year-old Congress leader V.C. Shukla, critically injured after Maoists ambushed a convoy of Congress leaders in Chhattisgarh's Bastar region, has received multiple bullet injuries, doctors treating him at a Gurgaon hospital said on Sunday.

"Shukla was flown with gunshot injuries in an air ambulance around 8.15 today (Sunday) morning to Delhi. He has multiple bullet injuries and he remains critical. A multi-disciplinary team of doctors is treating him," A.K. Dubey, medical superintendent, Medanta Medicity at Gurgaon, told IANS.

Shukla, a former union minister, has reportedly lost a lot of blood. Shukla belongs to an old Congress family, and his father Ravishankar Shukla was the first chief minister of reorganised Madhya Pradesh. V.C. Shukla was inducted into the union cabinet in 1966 by then Prime Minister Indira Gandhi.

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A large number of Maoists, hiding in a forested area of the southern Bastar region, Saturday attacked a Congress party convoy in Sukma district around 5.15 p.m. The convoy, returning from the Congress party's Parivartan Yatra (transformation rally), was targeted near Darbha forest in Jagdalpur, about 340 km south of state capital Raipur. Chhattisgarh is headed for assembly elections later this year.

Source: IANS

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