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Negligence results in archery coach Lenin's death

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He was not wearing seat belt due to which he was thrown out of the vehicle

Deep sorrow: Lenin's father Satyanarayana and his relatives with the body of the coach in Vijayawada on Sunday. – Photo: V. Raju
Deep sorrow: Lenin's father Satyanarayana and his relatives with the body of the coach in Vijayawada on Sunday. – Photo: V. Raju

A pall of gloom engulfed the house of 26-year-old Indian archery coach Ch. Lenin, who died in a ghastly road accident at Jupudi near here in the early hours of Sunday, at Gunadala with dozens of young archers mourning the loss of their mentor.

The accident occurred when Lenin, who was driving a brand new Scorpio belonging to his father-in-law, lost control of the vehicle in a bid to avoid hitting an auto-rickshaw and rammed the road divider. The fatal error of not buckling the seat belt resulted in him getting thrown out of the vehicle, due to which he suffered head injury.

The employee of the South Central Railway was keen on reaching here early after attending the felicitation organised for the Commonwealth Games medallists by the State government and the Sports Authority of Andhra Pradesh (SAAP) in Hyderabad on Saturday evening, so that he could oversee the felicitation of the archers here on Sunday evening. His father and Volga Archery Academy chairman Cherukuri Satyanarayana and Commonwealth Games silver medallist Ritul Chatterjee, who were travelling with him, escaped unhurt.

The body was brought home wrapped in the shawl presented to him by Chief Minister K. Rosaiah at the felicitation. Ritul Chatterjee, who was dazed, said that it was unfortunate that he carried the lifeless body of his guru. “Lenin anna had lots of plan for the development of the academy. The cruel fate took him away from us”.

Ch. Jignas, another member of the Commonwealth Games' medal-winning team and who reached the city in a bus along with his parents from Hyderabad, rushed to Lenin's house on hearing the terrible news.

“They left early and we came in a bus. I am speechless. It was Lenin anna who nurtured my talent”.

Mr. Satyanarayana said that his son, on the journey back home, was discussing with him how to spend the cash award he received for the development of the academy.

“He was so fond of the academy and his trainees. He wanted to prepare an archer for the Olympics and nurture recurve segment. I thought that he buckled the seat belt. Everything happened in seconds,” said a sobbing Mr. Satyanarayana.

The mortal remains of Lenin were cremated at Gunadala amidst chants hailing his contribution to archery.

Rosaiah condoles

Meanwhile, Chief Minister K. Rosaiah has condoled the death of Ch. Lenin. In a message, he described the death as ‘unfortunate' and as a ‘loss' for the State's budding archers.

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