Police on Saturday detained a man accused of hacking a teenage national-level volleyball player to death at Notunpukur in the outskirts of Kolkata.
Sources said Subrata Sinha (20), who reportedly surrendered before the Jagaddal police station in North 24 Parganas district of West Bengal on Saturday morning, was being interrogated.
The victim, 14-year-old Sangita Aich, was a Class 9 student who had played volleyball twice at the national level and thrice at the state level. Police said Sinha was reportedly furious over Aich spurning his advances several times in the recent past.
According to police, Sinha arrived at the practice camp on Friday evening and demanded that Aich speak to him. When she refused, he advanced towards her with a cleaver. According to NDTV, the girl’s coach — Swapan Das — tried to save Aich by trying to beat Sinha back with a chair. A frightened Aich scrambled for her residence, located barely 100 metres away, but Sinha caught up with the girl and allegedly hacked her to death.
“If Tina had stayed with me, he would have had to kill me first. And he may have too,” NDTV quoted Das as saying.
The assailant then allegedly brandished his bloodied weapon at bystanders and escaped from the spot.
Sinha, a resident of Shyamnagar in North 24-Parganas, is also a national-level volleyball player.
Aich’s relatives have alleged that though Sinha threatened her on several occasions in the past, complaints made to the police were ignored. Her father, who runs a business in the area, was in no condition to comment.