Probe into Malayali basketball player’s suicide: Mother complains of death threat

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Deceased Lithara | Photo: Special Arrangement/Mathrubhumi

Kozhikode: Months after the death of Malayali basketball player KC Lithara, her mother complained of receiving death threats from two unidentified men. Lithara’s mother Lalitha approached Kuttiyady police here on Tuesday with a complaint regarding this.

As per the complaint, two men visited her residence and issued death threat against her and forced her to sign on a stamp paper.

“ The two Hindi-speaking men reached my house and asked me to sign on a stamp paper. When I declined, they forcefully tried to get my signature on the paper. They flee from my house when I screamed, reads Lalitha’s complaint.

Kuttiyady police registered a case over her complaint.

Meanwhile, Bineesh, Lithara’s brother-in-law revealed that the two men offered them Rs 25 lakh to withdraw their complaint seeking a probe into Lithara’s suicide.

“Something was written in Malayalam on the stamp paper. There were many spelling mistakes in the writing,” said Bineesh.

Lithara, a native of Kozhikode’s Pathirippatta and a basketball player of Indian Railways was found dead inside a flat in Bihar’s Patna on April 26. Following the incident, Lithara’s parents reached Patna and lodged a complaint against her coach Ravi Singh. It is reported that Singh had been disturbing Lithara for a while. The deceased had complained about Singh's misbehaviour while talking to her family and colleagues.

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