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Indian-origin boy dies during indoor game in UK

Press Trust of India  |  London 

An eight-year-old Indian-origin boy died from internal injuries when a teenager accidentally fell over him during an indoor game of laser tag in Leicester.

Aryan Patel died after the larger boy landed on him at Megazone Laser Tag in the city in the Midlands region of in April.

An inquest into the death earlier this week concluded Aryan's death in April was accidental.

Following the inquest, Aryan's father, 45-year-old IT worker Rajendra Patel, who went to his son's aid during the incident said, "We have lost a loved one who can never be replaced and will never be forgotten."

"We bare no animosity towards the person who collided with Aryan and commend him for staying behind and providing his details. What he said in the hearing has set our minds at rest. We would like him to try to forget this incident and move forward in his life," he added.

The teenager told Leicester Coroner's he did not realise Aryan was there because of his slight build and the poor lighting in the room.

Aryan, who was very small for his age, was groaning and appeared to be having a fit as he was carried to the arena's reception after the collision with the other player and was taken to Leicester Royal Infirmary.

He died nearly an hour after arriving at hospital from a liver injury and subsequent blood loss.

Leicester City Council told the it will be taking no action against Megazone because it was satisfied with the company's health and safety procedures.

"We are bitterly disappointed that Megazone and the Leicester City Council have not looked at implementing changes into how players are more suitably grouped," the Patel family said.

"We would have hoped that Megazone would have taken this unfortunate incident to ensure that no other family will have to go through the pain and anguish that we are going through now and in years to come," the family statement said.

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First Published: Sun, November 27 2016. 18:07 IST