In a macabre crime, a 14-year-old national-level volleyball player was stabbed to death by her jilted lover, who is also a volleyball player. The incident took place in a volley ball ground at Natunpara near Barasat in North 24-Parganas on Friday evening.
Police said the victim Sanghita Aich alias Tina was a class IX student of Barasat Girls’ High School and she used to practice volley ball in Natunpara Volleyball ground. In evening, the accused 18-year-old Raja Singha, a national level volleyball player, entered the ground armed with a chopper. Everyone got scared finding him approach Sanghita with the sharp weapon.
The coach Swapan Das tried to restrict the accused. It led to a scuffle between the two. Finding a scuffle broke out between them, Sanghita ran inside the dressing room considering it to be a safe place.
The accused, who is a resident of Kaugachi Chanditala at Shyamnagar in North 24-parganas, ran into the dressing room after pushing the coach on the ground. He found Sanghita hiding herself in a corner of the dressing room. But her attempt to hide didn’t help as the accused stabbed her repeatedly till she fell on the ground, bleeding profusely. Her uncle Gopal Aich, who was present near the volleyball ground, ran into the dressing room and found her lying in pool of blood. Raja, however, managed to flee by that time.
The victim’s uncle and local people took the girl to Barasat Hospital where she was declared brought dead.
A pall of gloom descended in the area and her family members couldn’t believe that Sanghita has been murdered inside the ground where she had been going for years to practice volleyball.
The victim’s uncle later alleged that Raja had been disturbing Sanghita for the past few days. He had also threatened her with dire consequences.
Her mother Shukla Aich said that they had lodged a complaint with Barasat police station against Raja five to six months ago as he used to disturb Sanghita.
The police, however, didn’t take any steps against him.
Sources said that Gita Singha, aunty of the accused, told the police that Raja had attempted suicide by laying on railway tracks 2 days ago and it was Sanghita, who had informed his parents and asked them to rescue him.
Then her parents went to the spot and brought Raja back.
On Friday afternoon he left his house without his bicycle and mobile phone. While leaving he told his parents that he was going somewhere in the locality, but there was nothing suspicious in his behaviour.