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Mayank Agarwal health scare: Cricketer lodges police complaint over in-flight poisoning

The occurrence unfolded as the Karnataka team journeyed from Agartala to Surat via Delhi. Just before Mayank's New Delhi-bound flight was about to take off, he raised concerns about stomach discomfort and a burning sensation in his throat and mouth after drinking liquid from a pouch he believed contained drinking water. Agarwal lodged a formal complaint with the police through his manager.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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New Delhi: On Tuesday evening, shock waves through the cricket community as Karnataka skipper Mayank Agarwal was rushed to ILS Hospital in Agartala after falling ill just before his New Delhi-bound flight was about to take off. The player lodged an official police complaint alleging foul play. He reported a troubling burning sensation in his throat and mouth, prompting immediate medical attention.

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The occurrence unfolded as the Karnataka team journeyed from Agartala to Surat via Delhi. Just before Mayank’s New Delhi-bound flight was about to take off, he raised concerns about stomach discomfort and a burning sensation in his throat and mouth after drinking liquid from a pouch he believed contained drinking water. Agarwal lodged a formal complaint with the police through his manager.

32-year-old Mayank Agarwal is believed to be fine now but unable to speak due to ulcer. However, according to a report from sources, the Indian cricketer has taken further action by filing a police complaint through his manager. The complaint aims to initiate an investigation into the incident surrounding the ingestion of the liquid that caused his health scare.

“Mayank Agarwal, an international cricket player. Now he is stable and his vitals are normal. But his manager has lodged a specific complaint under NCCPS (New Capital Complex Police Station) to investigate the matter,” SP West Tripura Kiran Kumar said.

Asked about details, the top police official told sources: “His manager said that when he was sitting in the airplane, there was a pouch in front of him. He drank a little bit and not much, but suddenly there was irritation in his mouth, and suddenly he couldn’t talk also and was brought to ILS hospital. He had swelling and ulcers in the mouth. Otherwise, his vitals are stable.”

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State health secretary Kiran Gitte added: “Police has admitted his complaint and we will investigate as to what happened. As per his manager, he will travel to Bengaluru tomorrow and meanwhile, whatever best treatment is available in Agartala, we will provide him.”

On behalf of ILS Hospital, manager of Business Development Manoj Kumar Debnath issued a press release, stating that the cricketer was “experiencing some oral irritation and swelling on his lips.”

“After being assessed by the consultants of the hospital in emergency, he was admitted. For now, he is clinically stable and is being constantly clinically monitored.”

Agarwal, who has played 21 Tests for India, led Karnataka to a 29-run win against Tripura on Monday.

“He (Agarwal) is not in any kind of danger. He is under observation currently in a hospital at Agartala, and we will fly him back to Bengaluru once we get an update from the doctors, which we are expecting tonight,” a Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) official told sources on condition of anonymity.

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32-year-old skipper is set to miss his team’s next Ranji Trophy match against Railways in Surat. “He will not be playing in Karnataka’s next match (against Railways at Surat from February 2). But other than that, there is no truth in any rumours going around. He is stable now, and we are in touch with doctors and other state officials,” the official said.

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