A class XII student died while participating in an interschool soccer match in Bankura yesterday afternoon after he was kicked in the chest by a player of the opponent team. Abhijit De (17), the victim, was playing as the goalkeeper of the Jyotishchandra High School’s football team. The school is located at Asurali village in Joypur block in Bankura. Jyotishchandra High School was taking part in an inter-school football tournament at Joypur High School ground.

Yesterday, the Jyotishchandra school was playing against local Magura High School. During the game, one player of the Magura High School accidentally kicked Abhijit in the chest. Rahul Molla, a friend of the victim, stated: “A centre forward of the Magura team suddenly entered our defence area when Abhijit was alone and he rushed to collect the rolling ball.” But, he said: “When the player missed the ball, he kicked my friend in the chest and Abhijit fell on the ground.”

The boy, immediately vomited blood and was shifted to the Bishnupur Super-specialty Hospital but the hospital referred him to Bankura Sammiloni Medical College & Hospital as his condition started deteriorating. He suffered a massive cardiac arrest; and succumbed late in the night, the hospital authorities said. Ripon Mali, another class XII student of Baghnapara High School in Kalna in Burdwan (East) also had died while playing in a football match on 12 August 2018. He too was a goalkeeper of his school team.