Legal services authority to the rescue of mobile phone blast victim

The District Legal Services Authority (DLSA) has come to the rescue of A mobile phone blast victim, who was recently discharged from a city hospital.

Following his discharge, hapless Seetharam and his family members had found shelter on the city railway station platform for the past three days.

Member secretary of DLSA, Mysuru, and Civil Judge (Sr Div) Dinesh Hegde told Deccan Herald, “Following instructions from the State body, it has been decided to provide the much-needed medical and legal aid to the victim, 18-year-old Seetharam. Arrangements are being made to admit Seetharam to K R Hospital. Medical Superintendent of the hospital Dr B G Sagar has promised to take care of him.”

Seetharam, accompanied by his distraught parents Pundev and Rani Devi and younger siblings, was travelling to Bengaluru on Tuesday, when he was asked to return to Mysuru. Pundev was informed about the legal service authority’s intervention by a contractor Gokul, who had helped him till date.

Seetharam and his parents have returned to Mysuru by another train on Tuesday night itself.

Multiple surgeries
Seetharam, a native of Bihar, had suffered serious injuries on the lower part of his face, after his mobile phone exploded at his make-shift tent at Kadabahalli, Bindiganavile police limits in Nagamangala taluk, on February 3.


Following the incident, he was rushed to Adhichunchanagiri Institute of Medical Sciences, Nagamangala, before being shifted to JSS Hospital in Mysuru for further treatment. He underwent two to three corrective plastic surgeries at the hospital, where his damaged nose, upper and lower lips and jaws were reconstructed with the poor patient fund set up at the hospital and from donations from philanthropists. The hospital, however, discharged the victim on Saturday.

The victim, a construction worker, was working along with his father on a toll gate. According to one version, Seetharam had sustained injuries while charging the cellphone and simultaneously listening to a song on it.

Another version said Seetharam was repairing the mobile charger holding a part of the damaged part in his mouth and he was injured in the electrical mishap.

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