Santosh Kumar Patel, a cross-country runner in the 2010 Commonwealth Games Core Group, was stabbed in Bangalore on Friday evening. Patel, 22, is being treated at the Wockhardt Hospital in Bangalore and his condition is serious but stable, India coach JS Bhatia told HT on Saturday.
Speaking from Bangalore, Bhatia said Patel, among the top three Indians at the Sunfeast World 10K race in Bangalore last month, was stabbed in the chest while fighting back after a thief tried snatching his gold chain. This happened outside the Bangalore campus of the Sports Authority of India (SAI) where Patel is training.
“The injury is so deep that full recovery will take 3-4 months,” Bhatia said. “He (Patel) could have died on the spot after being stabbed by a miscreant. He was bleeding excessively but some cops managed to rush him to a nearby government hospital in time before he was shifted. He regained consciousness this morning.”
Bhatia said Patel, who is from Varanasi and has represented India at Asian level, was returning from an ATM outside the SAI southern centre when he was attacked and his chain stolen. The athlete caught up with the thief and was stabbed in the ensuing scuffle.
“Some labourers working nearby saw him lying in a pool of blood and screaming for help. With the help of some cops, they rushed him to a nearby government hospital. Hearing this, SAI officials rushed to the hospital before shifting him to Wockhardt,” the coach said.