Hours after a case was registered against him for allegedly stealing a television set from the Ferozeshah Kotla Stadium, a 45-year-old DDCA employee died of heart attack at his house in Shahbad Dairy, police said on Friday.
Ratan Singh, who worked as a dressing room caretaker, was seen in the CCTV footage purportedly stealing an LED TV set from the match referee’s room.
This matter was brought to the notice of Justice (Rtd) Vikramajit Sen, the court-appointed administrator of Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA). He ordered that a police complaint be registered against the DDCA employee.
A complaint was lodged at central Delhi’s IP Estate police station on Thursday and the CCTV footage was submitted to them.
Police had started the probe on Thursday and were planning to summon Singh but were Friday informed that he died of a heart attack at his residence in Shahbad Dairy area of Rohini.
He passed away in his sleep. He was rushed to a hospital this morning where he was declared brought dead, a senior police officer said.
Singh was in-charge of ensuring dressing room security. He used to take care of the players’ kits and had been working at the stadium for nearly 15 years.
It is suspected that he was facing financial issues and was depressed.
‘No matches at Kotla’
However, the DDCA employees union has come down hard on the authorities and have threatened that it “will not let any match be played at the Kotla till the deceased Ratan Singh doesn’t get justice”.
“He was innocent,” said the union’s Sunil Sharma.
(With inputs from ANI)