Taekwondo player's legs amputated after attack

Taekwondo player's legs amputated after attack

Taekwondo player's legs amputated after attack

He will never be able to kick his opponents again. The legs of 16-year-old state-level taekwondo player Rajan — which used to make his rivals scurry for cover — have been amputated.

“Both his legs were amputated on Saturday at the AIIMS trauma centre after some medical complications,” said Ajit Kumar Singla, Deputy Commissioner of Police (northeast) on Monday.

Rajan and his father Kailash Gupta were shot at by unidentified men near Bhajanpura Chowk when they were riding a motorcycle on June 21. While Rajan was shot in his legs, his father was shot in the chest. He was declared brought dead.

Rajan was rushed to a local hospital which referred him to Safdurjung Hospital the same day, police said.

From there, he was taken to the trauma centre at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).

“Unfortunately, he arrived at the centre after 12 hours of the injury,” said AIIMS spokesperson Amit Gupta. He said the boy wouldn’t have survived had the doctors not taken the decision to amputate his legs.

“Initially, the family didn’t give consent for amputation, but after 48 hours we got their permission. The boy’s legs were amputated because they were not salvageable,” Gupta said.

Rajan’s dream was to become a national-level taekwondo player, and he was training regularly for it.

However, a cycle of property-related killings, which claimed his elder brother’s life last year, caught up with him.

In one year, the family of property dealer Kailash Gupta has lost two members.