Shot 9 times, CRPF commandant Cheeta wakes up from coma


New Delhi: CRPF commandant Chetan Cheeta, who slipped into coma after being shot 9 times during a gunfight with terrorists in Kashmir on February 14, has made a ‘miraculous’ recovery was discharged from AIIMS Trauma Centre on Wednesday.

Cheeta said he felt proud when Army Chief Bipin Rawat and Union minister of State Kiren Rijiju visited him at the hospital and recognized his contribution.

“His comeback to normal life has shown the true grit of a warrior,” Anurag Srivastava, Chief of AIIMS Trauma Centre, said.

Cheetah, who hails from Rajasthan, suffered the nine-fatal injuries in Hajjan area on February 14, when a joint team of Army, CRPF and state police had laid siege following intelligence inputs that two terrorists were hiding in the area. Cheetah was commanding the 45th Battalion of the CRPF.

The day Cheetah was admitted at AIIMS, a major surgery was conducted to remove a portion of skull to reduce intra-cranial pressure.

“Fortune favors the brave… Hope to see Cheetah back in action soon,” Home Minister Rajnath Singh tweeted.

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