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NEET aspirant stabbed to death over cricket brawl in Rajasthan’s Kota

Atul Singh was stabbed to death by a local resident who was drunk following a dispute during the game in Kota on Saturday.

india Updated: Aug 20, 2018 13:42 IST
Aabshar H Quazi
Aabshar H Quazi
Hindustan Times, Kota
Kota,Rajasthan,NEET aspirant
Locals took the injured student to the New Government College Hospital where he died during treatment.(Shutterstock)

A youth’s dreams of becoming a doctor like his father were shattered in a brawl in a game of cricket in Kota.

Police said Atul Singh, 17, of Uttar Pradesh’s Mau, was stabbed to death by a local resident who was drunk following a dispute during the game on Saturday. The accused, identified as Rahul Bhati, 20, has been arrested.

Singh was playing cricket with his fellow coaching students and friends in Onkareshwar public park of Mahaveer Nagar III area, where Bhati joined them. However, an argument broke out as Bhati insisted on batting even after he was bowled out, and he allegedly stabbed Singh before fleeing the spot.

Locals took the injured student to the New Government College Hospital where he died during treatment on Saturday night.

Mahaveer Nagar police station sub-inspector Ramswaroop Meena said Bhati, a school dropout, was arrested on Sunday and booked for murder.

Singh’s cousin Saurabh Singh said the murdered youth’s father Ramharsh Singh, is a doctor in Mau and his cousin wanted to follow in his footsteps.

“Youngest of three siblings, he came to Kota three years ago to prepare for the medical entrance examination. He stayed in a paying guest facility in Mahaveer Nagar III,” he added.

Paying guest facility owner Vishal Verma said that Singh was a bright student who got the All India Rank of 20000 in the National Eligibility-cum-Entrance Test (NEET) in 2017 but did not take admission in any medical college and returned to his house in Mau. He had returned here in July this year and was taking coaching for improving his rank in NEET next year.

Atul’s father, who arrived in Kota on Sunday, refused to speak on the case. Police have handed him his son’s body for last rites.

Earlier, a student of Haryana was murdered in Kota last year and a student of Bihar was killed in infighting among students from the state in 2016.

First Published: Aug 19, 2018 18:10 IST