A La Martiniere Boys’ College Class VI student died on Saturday afternoon during an inter-house cricket match after the ball hit him in the abdomen while he was at the crease.
Doctors said the boy was brought dead to the SPM (Civil) Hospital at 4.20 pm while the college staff claimed the boy was rushed to the hospital immediately after the accident at 2.45 pm.
Batting for Green House, Prashant Patel, 12, during a delivery from a medium-pacer, missed the ball. The ball hit Patel in the upper abdomen. Witnesses said Patel collapsed but got up immediately only to fall again writhing in pain as teachers and the cricket coach ran to him. The coach, refusing to identify himself to mediapersons, said the college doctor was on the ground when the accident took place.
The boy was taken to the college dispensary for first-aid and rushed to the hospital thereafter, he said. The coach added the Civil Hospital doctors examined the boy and were applying medication when he died.
On the other hand, talking to the Hindustan Times, College Vice-Principal T Savaille said there was a doctor available on the ground and the boy was given first-aid too. But, unluckily, he died of injuries.
Meanwhile, the medical officer on duty in the Emergency Ward of the Civil Hospital said the boy was brought dead to the hospital. He also pointed out the hospital register entry detailing the boy was brought in at 4.20 pm.
Prashant’s father Ganga Sagar, an ex-Armyman-turned transporter was murdered three years back. Prashant’s kin at the hospital said they had not informed the boy’s mother Mithilesh and his sister about the death till late Saturday evening. Prashant was a resident of Malapuri Colony, Balaganj Thakurganj.