Kerala Four SAI athletes attempt suicide one girl dies three others critically ill

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Alapuzha (Kerala): A 15-year-old sports person died early on Thursday while three others were hospitalised after they ate a poisonous fruit in an apparent suicide pact following alleged harassment by seniors.

The three girls are in critical condition, DB reported and said that all of them were undergoing training at Water Sports Centre of Sports Authority of India.The girls are suspected to have consumed the fruit, locally called ‘Othalanga’, at around 3 pmon Wednesday inside the SAI women’s hostel. They were rushed to a hospital around 7 pmafter they fainted and later taken to Alapuzha Medical College, where one of them died, police said.

The girls were undergoing training at the Water Sports Centre of the SAI at nearby Punnamada.Relatives of the athletes alleged that the girls were being physically and mentally tortured by some seniors.However, the hostel warden denied the charges and said they came to know about the condition of the girls only when they fainted.

“None in the hostel tortured them”, she said.Angry relatives of the girl who died said that unless an inquiry is ordered immediately and the guilty brought to book, they would block the national highway and not perform the last rites of their ward.

 

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