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Budhia controversy; Minister, Doctor receive anonymous letter

Written by: Staff
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Bhubaneswar, May 11 (UNI) Orissa Women and Child Development Minister Pramila Mallick and Senior Pediatric Specialist Dr Nirmala Dei have received anonymous letters warning them of serious consequences if they did not keep away from the controversy involving marathon boy Budhia Singh.

The Minister was at loggerhead with Budhia's coach for alleging that the wonder kid had been over exploited by the coach for monetary gain. She was also instrumental in conducting a medical test on Budhia Singh to put a ban on his long distance run.

Dr Dei was one of the five members of a medical team which examined Budhia Singh after he entered into the Limca Book of Records amid protest from coach Biranchi Das.

The medical team suggested that the four-year-old child should not be subjected to long distance run as he might suffer from ''burnt out syndrome'' which could ultimately lead to his renal failure and cardiac complication.

Budhia's coach had already moved the High Court with petition for a contempt of court against the Minister and officials of Child Welfare Department, besides two police officers, for forcibly conducting medical test on Budhia despite an interim injunction by the court.

The Minister said she had ignored the anonymous letter while the Doctor said she had drawn the attention of the Chief Medical Officer who in turn has forwarded the letter to the Superintendent of Police.

The letter warned the doctor that her hands would be chopped off if she did not keep herself away from Budhia Singh controversy. The Doctor has also been threatened with dire consequences for working at the behest of the Women and Child Development Minister to put hurdle in the way of Budhia making long distance runs.

However, when contacted, the Capital Police said they have not received any such complaint so far from the Chief Medical Officer of the Capital Hospital on the anonymous letter received by the doctor.

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