Raipur: Another kabaddi player, who was injured during the match in Chhattisgarh Olympics, died in the hospital on Wednesday. He was admitted in the hospital for a month. The player has been identified as Samaru Kerketta. He is the third kabaddi player to die in about a month due to an injury sustained in the tournament. For weeks his wife and son sat by his bedside waiting for him to wake up. They were praying for him to come to his senses but it did not happen.
The state's CM Bhupesh Baghel has announced a compensation of Rs 4 lakh to the family like the two previous deaths. The 3-month-long Rural Games, popularly known as the 'Chhattisgarhia Olympics', aims to revive 14 traditional sports. These are organized for various age groups at the Panchayat, Block, District, and State levels. This year the game was inaugurated by CM Baghel on October 6 and it will conduct till January 6, 2023. People up to the age of 40 can participate in this. Kerketta, 28, was a resident of Ghumra village in the Farsabahar area, which is about 60 km from Jashpur district headquarters and 400 km from Raipur. He was participating in a tournament on October 17 in the nearby Sundaru village. During this, he got injured.
An ambulance was present on site. He was taken to the local community health center and then admitted to a private hospital in Raigad (170 km from Sundru) with the cooperation of the district administration. Officials said that Kerketta's condition was critical. He was treated under the Ayushman Yojana and the district administration also swung into action. The family kept waiting for him to regain consciousness, but his health kept deteriorating and he died on Wednesday.