Delhi and District cricket Association (DDCA) chief selector Amit Bhandari was on Monday assaulted by an aspirant and his 14 accomplices after he was rejected for a cricket tournament, a senior official said.

The incident took place at St Stephens ground in north Delhi area at around 1pm during trials for the Under-23 Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Sukhwinder Singh a friend of Bhandari informed the police that the former Indian pacer was brutally beaten by 10-15 boys with sticks and cricket bats.

Bhandari was rushed to a nearby hospital where he is undergoing treatment.

“The selection committee was selecting players for Mushtaq Ali Trophy selection. One rejected player came to him and questioned why he was not selected. Then he started beating him (Bhandari). First he used his hands, then used a stick to attack,” DCP Nupur Prasad told reporters.

The main accused identified as Anuj Dheda has been arrested. “We have arrested Anuj Dheda and his accomplice Naveen from their hideout. Efforts are on to arrest other accomplices,” the DCP added.

DDCA president and owner of TV news channel Rajat Sharma promised strict action against the culprits. “He is obviously traumatised and shaken. I assured him of all help and have spoken personally to the Delhi Police officials to take the strictest possible action,” Sharma said. 

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