Barasat (WB): A national-level woman volleyball player was hacked to death allegedly by a youth (her senior playmate) here in West Bengals North 24 Parganas district on Friday.
The youth, identified as Subrata Sinha alias Raja (20), hit the 16-year-old girl, Sangita Aich, with a sharp weapon several times at Natun Pukur locality here and fled. Aich was taken to the hospital where doctors declared her dead on arrival, Superintendent of Police Tanmay Roychowdhury said.
A manhunt has been launched to nab the accused, Tanmay said, adding that they suspect a love angle may be the reason behind the murder.
More than 25 volleyball players and three coaches looked on in horror as the victim desperately trying to escape the youth. She was chased and later hacked on her head and neck with the sharp weapon at least three times by the accused while she was being trained for an inter-state volleyball tournament.
The incident took place around 4.30 pm on Friday when Sanghita, a class ninth student from Barasat Girls' High School was practicing in her volleyball coaching camp at Natunpukur Volleyball Association near her Natunpukur residence.
One of her coaches who came to her rescue was also injured after being grazed by the dagger.
"She was sitting with us on the ground. We saw Raja entering the ground silently and called her repeatedly from a distance. But Sanghita refused to meet him every time," coach Swapan Das said.
"Suddenly he rushed towards her and started threatening her with dire consequences. Sanghita also protested against him. Initially we tried to stop the quarrel but the duo continued. During altercation, suddenly I heard the screams of the girl and turned back at her to find her escaping while Raja holding a dagger was chasing her desperately," Swapan Das added.
Narrating the series of events, the coach said that he immediately rushed towards Raja and threw his chair to obstruct him but he was hit on the hand by Raja with the weapon, who continued chasing her.
The volleyball player had taken part in at least two under-14 national and three state-level volleyball championships.