Sports fraternity strongly condemn Manisha's killing
Sports fraternity strongly condemned the ghastly incident in which a promising women kabaddi player and member of Bihar team Manisha Devi was shot dead by a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan near Moinul Haq Stadium in Patna on Wednesday evening.patna Updated: Feb 10, 2011 11:08 IST
Sports fraternity strongly condemned the ghastly incident in which a promising women kabaddi player and member of Bihar team Manisha Devi was shot dead by a Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawan near Moinul Haq Stadium in Patna on Wednesday evening.
Expressing his shock and anguish after losing a dependable player just one-day before the departure of state team for the 34th National Games in Ranchi, Bihar State Kabaddi Association secretary and Janata Dal (United) Sport Cell president Kumar Vijay demanded immediate withdrawal of the CRPF battalion from the Moinul Haq Stadium.
"Manisha was a soft-spoken and good nature girl. She was the mainstay of Bihar team," he said, adding, "I never heard any thing negative about her on and off field behaviour." Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Assembly Abdul Bari Siddiqui decried the incident demanding immediate withdrawal of the CRPF camp from the stadium. "An illegal camp. The stadium should be made free from CRPF clutches," he said.
Bihar Olympic Association secretary Mohammad Mustaque Ahmad said withdrawal of CRPF camp from the stadium was the only way to prevent these types of horrific incidents in future. "CRPF jawans had misbehaved with several athletes in the past, who practiced in the outer ground of the Moinul Haq Stadium, in the recent past. But this incident had crossed the limit to any parameter of a civilized society," he said.
Criticising the incident Bihar Players Association president and member of Bihar Cricket Association ad-hoc committee Mritunjay Tiwari urged the Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to show the marching order to CRPF battalion from the Moinul Haq Stadium. He even demanded withdrawal of CRPF camp from the educational institutions of Bihar.
Deputy director of state sports department Ajay Bose said he had written several letters to the home department for withdrawal of CRPF camp from the Moinul Haq Stadium during his tenure as stadium manager in the year 2002-03. "Stadium is for players and there is no reason to place a CRPF camp there," he said. "I even ordered the locking of the Swarna Jayanti Pavilion as I had found several objectionable things in the premises of the pavilion during my daily routine inspections," he added.