Tripura Under-19 cricketer, Ayanti Reang, has committed suicide at her residence. As per the vernacular daily ‘Syandan’, the 16-year-old was found hanging from the ceiling of her room on Tuesday night although there was no official word came on the cause of her death.
Reang was the youngest of her four siblings who was also a member of Tripura’s Under-19 team for the last one year. she even played a T20 tournament for the state in the U-23 age group too. She belonged to the Reang tribe from Tainani village under Udaipur sub-division which is about 90 kilometres from state capital Agartala.
While condoling her death, Tripura Cricket Association secretary Timir Chanda said that the state has lost a talented player. “She has been part of the state team from Under-16 days. She was quite promising. The news has left us in deep shock,” Chanda told PTI from Agartala. “She was doing perfectly fine till last season and then everything was closed because of the lockdown. We conducted some online classes but we were not aware about her family problems.”
According to the report of Tripurainfo, police sources from Garzi said that Ayanti was in a state of depression because of her lack of opportunity to practice and play cricket amid the lockdown and she was restricted in her home. There was a quarrel between her parents on Monday night on an insignificant matter and while trying to pacify and disengage both, Ayanti Reang was abused and ill-treated by her father according to the report.
However, she didn’t take that incident lightly and left her home at night quietly and hanged herself to death from a nearby tamarind tree with her chest cloth (Orna). Villagers were shocked in disbelief after seeing her hanging body in the next morning including her parents. Ayanti Reang was cremated in the afternoon.
“She was a outstanding cricketer and fast bowler and members of the state’s under-19 and under-23 teams; in club football also she played for Champamura club; we had lot of expectations from Ayanti but why she ended her young life at this age is a mystery; it is really shocking and beyond belief,” said her first coach Debabhakti Jamatya and also the secretary of Tripura Cricket Association (TCA) Timir Chanda.