Young Nidha laid to rest

Kochi/Ambalapuzha: The body of cycle polo player Fathima Nidha Shihabuddin, who died in Nagpur, was flown to Kochi on Saturday morning.

Nidha was cremated at 12.30 pm at the Kakkazham Juma Masjid graveyard in Alappuzha.

Earlier, the body was kept at his school, SDV Government Upper Primary School in Neerkunnam, near Ambalappuzha, for public homage.

Nidha arrived in Nagpur to participate in the National Cycle Polo Championship. He died in a hospital on Thursday morning after falling ill, possibly due to food poisoning. The teenager collapsed immediately after an injection. He was admitted to the intensive care unit soon after, but his life could not be saved.

Nidha’s father, Shihabuddin, broke down when he saw her body at the Nagpur Medical College mortuary.

Shihabuddin has filed a police case against the National Cycle Polo Federation for holding the tournament without arranging food and accommodation and Shrikrishna Hospital for medical negligence.

Kerala Sports Minister V Abdurahiman, who reached Nidha’s home, said the Sports Council has released Rs 5 lakh to pay the hospital expenses and bring the body home.

General Education Minister V Sivankutty has written a letter to the Maharashtra Chief Minister demanding a thorough investigation. Abdurahiman has written letters to the Union Sports Minister, and the Chief Minister and Sports Minister of Maharashtra.

Not all members of the cyclo-polo team have heard of Nidha’s death.

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