10-yr-old National cycle polo player from Kerala dies in Maharashtra

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Maharashtra: A 10-year-old National cycle polo player from Kerala died at Nagpur here on Thursday morning.

The deceased, identified as Fathima Nida Shihabuddin, from Alappuzha district in the southern state, had not passed motions for the past two days, championship organising secretary Gajanan Burde told PTI.

"She was part of the Kerala team for the sub junior segment. I met the secretary of their team, which had arranged accommodation on their own, on Wednesday. I was told her about her not passing motions for the past two days and taking ill this morning," Burde said.

She collapsed and died in a private hospital in Dhantoli after being administered M-set injection in the morning, Burde claimed.

Speaking on the incident, Inspector Prabhavati Ekurke of Dhantoli police station said, "Fathima Nida Shihabuddin's death medico-legal case was received from Shrikrishna Hospital. She had gone there for stomach ache and died five minutes after being given an injection."

The body has been sent for post mortem and further action in the accidental death case in Dhantoli police station would be as per its details, Ekurke added.

Nida Fathima reached Nagpur to take part in the National Cycle Polo Championship.

Meanwhile, the death of the girl has raised allegations against the organisers in limelight.

According to reports, the players who are here for the Championship are being neglected by National Federation. It is learnt that the federation didn’t provide accommodation to the cycle polo players who were camping in Nagpur for the last two days.

The Kerala contingent is participating in the Championship after receiving the court’s special order. Meanwhile, the federation argued that they are not bound to provide accommodation to the players as the court only directed to give opportunity in the tournament.

The National Cycle Polo Championship started here on Friday and will continue till December 25.

(with inputs from PTI)

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