A fatal attack on a teenager in Sitamarhi to avenge a lost cricket match has come as a blot on the sportsmanship spirit of the gentleman’s game.
Ashok Kumar (14), a resident of Madhwapur village and a Class VIII student, was attacked by a group of people following a heated altercation with a member of the rival team during a cricket match on Wednesday. He suffered severe head injuries in the incident and was rushed to a Sitamarhi-based private nursing home. Ashok, son of peasant Yogendra Sah, succumbed to his injuries on Thursday morning.
Binda Mahto, his wife and son, Ankesh (20), have been named accused in the complaint lodged by Ashok’s father.
R.P. Paswan, the station house officer of Bajpatti police station, said over the phone: “Around 4pm, Ashok was attacked with lethal weapons while returning home after the cricket match. Earlier, he had an altercation over some issue during the match.” The officer added that a hunt is on to nab the accused, who are on the run following the incident.
The incident triggered tension in the village, mostly inhabited by members of the Extremely Backward Classes. A possé of armed forces has been deployed in the village to prevent any untoward incident, he added.
Sources said a fight broke out soon after Ashok bowled out a member of the rival team during the match. Members of both the teams clashed with each other on the playground itself. However, they dispersed from the ground on the intervention of some elders of the village.
Ashok, however, did not have any inkling that he would have to pay for the incident with his life. He left the playground alone. As soon as he reached a bend in a lane on the outskirts of the village, Binda, along with two others, assaulted him with lathis (bamboo sticks). The attackers fled the spot after leaving Ashok bleeding profusely.
Narrating the incident, Yogendra, said: “I was alerted that Ankesh intercepted Ashok, the youngest among my five children, on Wednesday evening while returning home after his coaching classes. Earlier, he had a brawl with Ankesh and his supporters over a cricket match. Ashok had bowled out Ankesh. I rushed to the spot of attack only to find my son lying in a pool of blood. I immediately arranged for a vehicle and rushed him to a private hospital in Sitamarhi, the district headquarters. But he died during treatment around 3am.”
Yogendra demanded stringent action against the culprits. “I have already lost my son. But I will fight for justice and won’t spare those who killed my son,” he said.
Sitamarhi superintendent of police P.K. Sinha said instructions have been issued to the station house officer of Bajpatti police station to book the named accused at the earliest.
All the three have been made charged under Section 302 (murder) of the Indian Penal Code, he added.
In another incident in Sahebganj of Muzaffarpur district, a teeanger was shot at and critically injured during a cricket match on Wednesday.
Ravi Ranjan Kumar, a Class X student, was shot at and critically injured during a clash over a cricket match at Rajepur under the jurisdiction of Sahebganj police station in Muzaffarpur district on Wednesday. Ravi Ranjan was admitted to the Shri Krishna Medical College and Hospital at Muzaffarpur from where he was later referred to the Patna Medical College and Hospital for better treatment.
Ajay Kumar, the sub-divisional police officer of Muzaffarpur (west), said: “One Chhotan Kumar, a resident of Nawada village, has been made accused in the FIR lodged on the statement of the victim. The incident was a fallout of an altercation between two teams over a cricket match.”