In an yet another tragic incident which depicts the saddening state of  sports infrastructure in the country, a national level wrestler Vishal Kumar Verma died of electrocution in Jaipal Singh stadium, Ranchi.

According to local police the athlete was pumping out water from a hand pump inside the stadium when the incident took place. The wrestler was rushed to the hospital after falling unconscious at the site, but was declared dead on arrival.

Short circuit due to lose wiring is reported to be the reason behind the demise of the wrestler. Police In charge Shyamanand Mandal was quoted by TOI saying “Faulty wiring seems to be main cause for the incident”.

Jaipal Singh stadium is one of the oldest stadiums in the state and is ground for practise to hundreds of athletes who represent both the state and Nation in various sports. Once known as a hockey breeding ground which gave Indian hockey some real gems from Jharkhand, is now tumbling day by day. The stadium’s condition has worsened in last few months due to heavy monsoon.

The secretary of Jharkhand’s wrestling association, Bholanath Singh blamed the Ranchi Municipal Corporation (RMC) for its ignorance in reviewing the renovation status of the stadium. He also announced an interim relief of Rs 1 lakh for Vishal’s family. Jharkhand wrestling association will also pay Rs 10000 every month to the family.

Meanwhile Ganesh Jha, general manager of Jharkhand electricity board denied any mistakes from their end. “An executive engineer visited the site and reported that there is no fault in the power connection provided by JBVNL. However, there could be a loose connection in the building’s internal electrical wiring” he told TOI.

Jharkhand wrestling association in a further attempt to provide assistance to Vishal’s family have requested the state government to release compensation of Rs 10 lakh for the kin.

Verma was a talented wrestler who represented Jharkhand in various national and state level competitions; he made his mark in senior nationals this year where he finished fourth.

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