In a shocking incident in West Bengal, former Indian cricketer Ashok Dinda was reportedly attacked on Tuesday. The Bengal cricketer was campaigning for the ongoing assembly elections in the state when a mob of around 50 people pelted stones towards Dinda’s car. The 37-year-old has notably suffered a back injury as a result of the attack.
Why was Dinda attacked?
The former pacer is contesting the elections as a candidate of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) from Moyna constituency. Dinda was attacked around 4:30 PM when he was taking part in a rally in East Midnapore. While there is still no confirmation about the culprits behind the attack, the 37-year-old has accused the workers of rival party Trinamool Congress (TMC) for the same.
West Bengal: Former cricketer and BJP candidate from Moyna, Ashok Dinda attacked by unidentified people in Moyna. Details awaited. pic.twitter.com/purnAqVZGx
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Reflecting on the shocking incident, Dinda’s manager said, “The incident happened right in front of Moyna Bazar when we were returning from a roadshow. There was one local TMC goon, Shahjahan Ali, who along with others, numbering more than a hundred, attacked with lathi, rods and bricks.”
Dinda’s illustrious cricket career
The right arm-pacer was one of the most successful bowlers in India’s domestic circuit for last few years. Dinda has 417 wickets to his name in 115 first-class matches, playing for Bengal and Goa. The 37-year-old has also represented India in 13 ODIs and 9 T20Is. Talking about his IPL career, he has played for various franchises in the form of Kolkata Knight Riders, Rising Pune Supergiant, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals) and Pune Warriors India. He recently announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on 2nd February 2021 and joined politics.