Staff Correspondent

Two of three bullets removed, third is lodged in the liver

  • Emergency surgery to remove bullets lasted five hours
  • Bullet in the liver is not causing any bleeding

    Belgaum: The condition of Prabhakar B. Kore, MLC and chairman of the Karnataka Lingayat Education Society (KLES), is stable and he is said to be out of danger. Doctors have removed two of three bullets from his body. No decision has been taken about the third bullet, which is lodged in the liver.

    Mr. Kore was shot at, allegedly by his nephew, Jagdish Kore (son of his older brother, the late Chidanand Kore), at Ankli in Chikkodi taluk on Thursday.

    A.S. Godhi, senior surgeon at KLES Hospital and Medical Research Centre here, told presspersons on Friday that the bullet in the liver was not causing any bleeding. Experts were being consulted on the matter, he said.

    KLES Hospital medical director M.V. Jali and Dr. Godhi said x-rays and a CT scan of Mr. Kore's abdomen and chest on Thursday had shown one bullet lodged in the right chest wall, including part of right lung; another in the liver; and the third on the left side of the abdomen, just below the spleen. There was no injury to the kidneys or spleen, they said. But there was air in the peritoneum, which raised the suspicion of a ruptured large intestine.

    As his condition was stable, emergency abdominal surgery was performed, which lasted for about five hours. Surgeons removed the bullet from the abdomen and resected the perforated area of the large intestine.

    At the same time, thoracic surgeons removed another bullet embedded in the sixth rib on the right side.

    Mr. Kore was shifted to the Intensive Thoracic Unit (ITU) at 2.30 a.m. on Friday, they said.

    Dr. Jali said Mr. Kore had responded with "meaningful gestures" when his family members spoke to him around 5 a.m.

    Attack condemned

    Political leaders from different parties have condemned the murderous attack on Mr. Kore.

    Those who met Asha Kore and Amit Kore, wife and son of Mr. Kore, here included Karnataka Pradesh Congress Committee president M. Mallikarjun Kharge; Leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Assembly N. Dharam Singh; Ministers Jagdish Shettar and Shashikant Naik; the former Ministers R.V. Deshpande, Prakash B. Hukkeri, A.B. Patil and Veerkumar Patil; Suresh Angadi, MP; and several legislators.