Pradeep Pattanayak

An umpire was stabbed to death for his alleged wrong decision during a cricket tournament at Mahisalanda village under Choudwar police limits in Cuttack district on Sunday. 

The deceased has been identified as Lucky Rout, a resident of Manhisalanda village. 

According to a source, a cricket tournament was organised at Manhisalanda village. Today, a match between Shankarpur and Brahmapur villages was underway.  During the match, the two teams got involved in a verbal duel over the wrong decision of Lucky, who was one of the two umpires in the match. 

The scene turned ugly when a youth who was identified as Samutiranjan Rout alias Muna of Dalijoda Brahmapur village lost his cool and before anyone could understand anything, he attacked Lucky with a knife. Lucky was also attacked with a cricket bat. 

“We came to know that during the match, a youth of our village named Lucky was attacked with a knife and a bat by two youths of Brahmapur village,” said Jashobanta Rout, a local resident. 

Local people rescued the injured umpire and rushed him to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. While undergoing treatment he breathed his last. 

Local people immediately rescued a profusely bleeding Lucky and rushed him to SCB Medical College and Hospital in Cuttack. However, the doctors there declared his received dead. 

Back in the village, after committing the crime, the accused Muna managed to escape from the spot. However, the villagers caught his friend and handed him over to the police. 

“Muguni Rout and Jaga Rout caught my brother and Smruti Ranjan Rout attacked my brother with a knife. Then Jaga hit my brother on his head with a bat. My brother immediately collapsed on the ground,” narrated Pritiranjan Samal, the co-umpire of the match. 

“Four accused are involved in the case. We are interrogating the one who hit the deceased with a bat,” said ACP, Zone-I, Cuttack, Arun Swain. 

Police said a special team will be formed to nab the absconding accused.

(Reported by Prakash Nayak and Debasish Mohanty, OTV)