Police reported on Monday that a 50-year-old woman died in Imphal after being struck by a stray bullet fired by unknown revellers celebrating Argentina’s World Cup victory. Around 11.30 p.m. on Sunday, the incident took place in the Imphal East district of Manipur’s Singjamei Wangma Bheigapati neighbourhood.
Family members of the deceased woman reported hearing loud gunshots and firecrackers as soon as the wild celebrations began after Argentina defeated France. According to a senior police officer, two bullet holes were discovered on the first floor of her house, which is made of galvanised iron sheets. “A bullet went through the GI sheets while another struck her back,” he said.
Manipur Woman Killed By Bullet Fired During World Cup Celebrations
To determine the direction from which the bullets were fired, police and forensic teams have launched an investigation, the officer said. Her family members have stated they will not perform the final rites until the culprits have been found and are in custody.
Meanwhile, the nightlong celebrations also turned violent in many other parts of the country. In the night between Sunday and Monday, as the fans celebrated Argentina’s glorious win against France in the 2022 FIFA World Cup, three people were stabbed in Kerala’s Kannur after an altercation between two groups, while three police officers were injured in Kochi, according to police.
A sub-inspector from Thiruvananthapuram was injured while attempting to manage victory celebrations in Pozhiyoor. Five people have been detained by the police in relation to the incident. An 18-year-old boy also passed away in Kollam while celebrating the victory. The police have stated that strict action will be taken against troublemakers after the celebration events devolved into hooliganism in various parts of the state.
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Moreover, American sports journalist Grant Wahl passed away on Saturday, December 10, while reporting from the Lusail Stadium in Qatar during the World Cup match between Argentina and the Netherlands.
Dr. Celine Gounder, Grant Wahl’s wife and a renowned epidemiologist and infectious disease specialist who served on Joe Biden’s COVID-19 task force, made the comment on his death. She said that there was nothing suspicious about his death and that it was due to an aortic aneurysm rupture.