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DDCA President assures strict action against Bhandari's attackers

IANS  |  New Delhi 

Reacting to the assault on of selectors during the Under-23 state trials at Stephen's Ground here, on Monday promised strict action against the culprits.

Narrating the chronology of the incident to IANS, said the assault was carried out by goons hired by a disgruntled player, whose name was missing from the list of probables.

"He (Bhandari) was watching this (Syed Mushtaq Ali) match at Stephen's Ground, and other selectors were also there. One came up to him and asked why he wasn't selected and Bhandari told him that the selection was made purely on the basis of merit," told IANS.

"And then 10-12 people came jumping over a wall and attacked Bhandari."

"Police has taken his statement, I was with him in the hospital. He was very seriously hit and there are stitches on his head."

Asked about his current state, Sharma said the has also alerted the Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) in case of further medical emergency.

"He is currently stable and under observation. We have alerted AIIMS, just in case he needs further medical attention," he said.

Assuring all help to Bhandari, Sharma, also the of TV news channel, said: "He is obviously traumatised and shaken. I assured him of all help, medical help and have also spoken personally with the officials to take the strictest possible action."

Bhandari, a former pacer, was hit by iron rods and hockey sticks at the trials, before being rushed to a hospital by his co-selector Sukhvinder Singh.

The goons fled the spot before the police could arrive.



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First Published: Mon, February 11 2019. 16:52 IST