Aligarh, May 31: A sportsman should know what sportsmanship means. Winning and losing is an inevitable part of any game and the defeat should also be taken in a positive way to do better next time.
But a cricket player in western Uttar Pradesh forgot about the golden rule and stooped to the lowest level when the umpire called "no ball". The shocking incident has been reported from Jarara village under Khair tehsil of Aligarh district of Uttar Pradesh.
Taking a cue from the popular Indian Premiere League (IPL), the village had organised Jarara Premier League (JPL) from May 14 to May 30, in an attempt to provide a platform for the local talent. The winning team was to get Rs 5,100.
The matches were going smooth, until a shocking incident brought a tragic twist on May 28, Saturday.
The cricket was being played between Jarara and Bariki teams, when one of the umpire, Raj Kumar called "no ball", that angered one of the players, Sandeep Pal.
Pal allegedly asked Kumar to take back the 'unfair decision', that the latter refused. Pal decided to take revenge and threatened to kill one of his family members, but Kumar did not take his threat seriously.
Next day on May 29, Sunday, Pal offered cold drinks laced with poison to Kumar's 15-year-old sister, Pooja and three of her friends- Preeti, Kusum and Rupvati.
As Pal was known to all of them, so girls didn't suspect anything fishy and consumed the cold drink, after which Pooja collapsed and died. Her other three friends are battling for life at Malkhan Singh Hospital.
Distraught Kumar has decided not to be an umpire in any of the matches in future, after losing his sister. Police has filed a case and is searching for Pal, who is absconding.
Village Pradhan regrets his decision
While talking to TOI, Rattan Pal Rawal, the pradhan of Jarara, was quoted saying as, "I always knew it was a bad idea to hold such a cricket tournament here. My fears have come true. We resisted the formation of this JPL from the very beginning because these people don't know what sportsmanship is. They are touchy and violent. See what has happened in the first season itself. Give them a bat and they will swing it on each other's face."