MP: Promising girl athlete found dead under mysterious circumstances

  • Milind Lashkari, Hindustan Times, Shajapur/Indore
  • Updated: Apr 10, 2015 22:48 IST

A 17-year-old promising athlete from a small village Sunera under Madhya Pradesh's Shajapur district was found dead at her residence under mysterious circumstances on Friday morning.

Deceased Radharani Dhakad, who represented state in five national games from 2011 to 2015, was declared brought dead by the doctors at private hospital in Shajapur after her parents found her in an unconscious state in her room and rushed her to the hospital.

On the other hand, a police officer at Sunera outpost under Shajapur police station was completely unaware about the incident.

When contacted assistant sub-inspector Dhansingh Panwar, who first denied any such happening in the village, later admitted that Radharani was found dead at her residence under mysterious circumstances.

Panwar also admitted that her family members cremated her before police could reach the village and send body for post-mortem to ascertain reason behind her death.

Student of class 11, Radharani, who last represented state in Ranchi national games held this year in the month of January, participated in 200 metre (individual) and 4x100 metre relay race, but failed to bag any medal for the state.

She was titled "Malwa Express" by villagers after she brought several laurel for the village.

Her father Gopikrishna Dhakkad said his daughter was fine till Thursday night.

"We had dinner at around 10 pm on Thursday. After meal, she went to her room. On Friday morning, her mother knocked door. After knocking door for several times, we sent one child inside her room from a small porch and he opened the door.

"We saw Radharani fall unconscious and vomit containing blood droplets near her bed. We immediately rushed her to a private hospital, where doctors declared her brought dead," Dhakkad added.

Bereaved father said "In absence of track in village, she used to practice at his agriculture farm as she along with her father developed 100-metre temporary track and high-jump pit at the farm".

"She idolised PT Usha and wanted to become IPS officer, but her untimely death shattered Radharani and family dreams," he added.

On her untimely death, district education officer BC Katariya said the state has lost a promising athlete. "She had talent and skills to become a great athlete," officer said.

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