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Mrunal Manmay Dash

A mixed martial arts (MMA) fighter from Odisha was severely injured after he was allegedly attacked by an Afghanistan MMA fighter and his supporters following a match at Siri Fort Auditorium here, police said on Tuesday.

The injured fighter M Srikanth Sekhar, who hails from Odisha, had participated in a match on June 24 which was held at Siri Fort Auditorium in south Delhi's Hauz Khas.

As per the complaint, Sekhar was attacked by an Afghan fighter Abdul Azim Badakshi and his supporters on the night. The incident took place after the conclusion of the Matrix Fight Night (MFN) promotion.

In his statement, Sekhar alleged that on June 24 after finishing his match, at around 10:30 pm, he was cheering up his team-mate Seth Rosario. During this, some supporters of Zahoor Shah (opponent of Seth Rosario) threw a rolled paper on Sekhar, when he looked back he saw that they were making rage faces on him.

Thereafter, when Sekhar was leaving, an Afghan fighter named Abdul Azim Badakshi reportedly attacked him and punched on his jaw. Sekhar was knocked down by Badakshi and beaten up by some others too.

Sekhar's brother, Ramakant Majhi said, "50-60 Afghani nationals came forward and thrashed my brother. When the Police came and tried to take him to the van, the attackers chased with them and threw anything that they can get in their hands."

He was admitted by his friends at BLK Hospital on Pusa Road, Ramakant added.

Based on Sekhar's statement, a case under sections 325 (punishment for voluntarily causing grievous hurt) and 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code was registered on Monday and investigation has been taken up, police said.

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