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Punjab Police player mauls Deepak Thakur

rediff.com sportsdesk | February 26, 2005 14:34 IST
Last Updated: February 26, 2005 18:19 IST


Ace Indian hockey forwardDeepak Thakur was seriously injured after being hit byPunjab Police defender Kamalpreet Singh duringaMaharaja Ranjit Singh hockey tournament Super League match in Delhi on Saturday.

Thakur, who plays for IndianOil,wasrushedto the Apollo Hospital, havingsuffered multiple injuries on the face and hand following theattack.

Kamalpreet, also an India international, swungthe hockey stickon Thakur's noseafter heobjected tohisharsh tackle on teammate Prabhjot Singh and thenrepeatedly hit him with thestick.

The matchwas called off andPunjab Policedisqualified from the tournament.

Hospital sources saidThakur had a broken nose and sustained injuries on the right side of the face and hand.

Several Punjab Police players, including Thakur's India teammate Gagan Ajit Singh and coach Pargat Singh, visited the hospital later.

This is not the first time Punjab Police is involved in an unruly incident during a match. In the 1995 final of the Aga Khan Cup at the Bombay Gymkhana in Mumbai, against Indian Airlines, their burly defender Jagdev Singh attackedformer India captain Shakeel Ahmed, who had to be hospitalized with serious injuries.

The final was left unfinished as players of both teams got into a scuffle and spectators vented their anger on the Punjab Police players after invading the pitch. Incidentally, Pargat Singh was also a memeber of that Punjab Police team.

It is different matter that none of the Punjab Police were penalized. Instead, Ahmed lost his place in the Indian squad after the incident.



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Sub: get well soon deepak! india needs u!

This incident is the worst example of the so salled "sportsmanship spirit" of the indian players! They can go to any extent to show their ...


Posted by divya





Sub: what the hell is wrong with sportsmen?

its really shockin to hear about these kinda things... grown up people reacting like a bunch of kids... such people should be dealt with severely... ...


Posted by pranjal





Sub: Thakur mauled by opponent

This is extreme and it should be taken as national damage. Thakur is hopes of every Indian including Punjab and nobody should be allowed for ...


Posted by Bhumesh





Sub: Disgraceful on the part of punjab police player

Sure its good to want to win but this is no way of competing. Players should realise that this is a sport and has to ...


Posted by jyotdeep singh





Sub: Punjab Police players are dangerous !!

Hi all, I an hockey adict staying in hyderabad and I closely watched every Premier Hockey Match(PHL). I have closely watched Punjab Teams and some ...


Posted by RK




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