New Delhi, Apr 5: Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) Commanding Officer Chetan Cheetah, who who had gone in to coma for two months after being hit by at least nine bullets during an encounter with three terrorists in Kashmir’ Bandipora, has been discharged from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) on Wednesday. AIIMS doctors said Chetan Cheetah recovered due to his strong will power. Earlier today, Chetan Cheetah spoke for the first time after being two months in coma. Cheeta was shifted to normal ward from the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and was also taken off the ventilator on March 16.
“Happy to announce that Chetan Cheetah is now fit to go back today. Cheetah requires rehabilitation. His strong will power helped him fight back and recover,” AIIMS officials told media. Union Minister of State for Home Affairs Kiren Rijiju also met Chetan Cheetah at AIIMS today. “He is doing very fine. Its miraculous, first of all I would like to thank team of doctors from AIIMS. The day I came here when he was brought from Srinagar, it was difficult to imagine that he will talk to me,” said Rijiju.
45-year-old Chetan Cheetah was injured in the gunfight between three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba militants and a joint team of CRPF, Army and Jammu and Kashmir Police on February 14 morning in Parraypora village, located in Bandipora district’s Hajin area. Cheetah was first taken to military hospital in Srinagar where medications were given to prevent bleeding. However, given the extent of the injuries and his comatose state, it was decided to airlift him to the AIIMS trauma centre.