Shafeeq, the five year-old torture victim, was on Saturday shifted from the St. John's Hospital here to the Vellore Medical College for further treatment as per a decision taken by the government.

The boy, who had crossed the critical stage, was taken in an ambulance around 5 am, hospital authorities said. He will be given physiotherapy and brain analysis at the rehabilitation unit of the hospital there. An official of the hospital here who accompanied him to Vellore said that he was admitted in the casualty unit and will soon be soon shifted to the rehabilitation unit. He was taken in an ordinary ambulance and his physical condition was sound now, he said.

Shafeeq was admitted to the hospital here in a serious condition on July 16 with a damaged brain and wounds all over the body allegedly inflicted by his father Shereef and step mother Aneesha, who were arrested later.

After public outcry, the government decided to bear all the expenses of his treatment. It was a decision taken at the cabinet meeting to shift the boy to the Vellore hospital for improved treatment in the third stage of it.

The boy was given treatment here as per the direction of an expert medical team from Kottayam Medical College.

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