Mayank Agarwal Files Police Complaint After Drinking Poisonous Liquid on Surat Flight


The Tripura West Police issued a statement and updated about Agarwal’s health condition

Vishal Singh Feb. 1, 2024

Mayank Agarwal, the captain of Karnataka and opener for India, was taken to a nearby hospital on Tuesday just before his flight to New Delhi was scheduled to take off after being ill. The event stunned the cricket community since the player reported suspicious activity to the authorities.

After consuming liquid from a pouch that he mistook for water that was left on his seat while on an IndiGo flight, he is presumed to be safe. Agarwal with his manager has filed an official police report.

Police issued a statement -

"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

He further elaborated -

"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."
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 statement, stating that the cricketer was "experiencing some oral irritation and swelling on his lips."

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

On Monday, Agarwal, who has appeared in 21 Test matches for India, guided Karnataka to victory over Tripura by 29 runs.

"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 PTI

However, Agarwal will not play the next Ranji Trophy game 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.

Nikin Jose is expected to take over the team's captaincy in the next match as he is the designated vice-captain.

Uncertainties surround the liquid Mayank Agarwal consumed -

IndiGo issued a statement that didn't elaborate on the reason for a medical emergency.

"IndiGo flight 6E 5177 operating from Agartala to Delhi returned to origin due to a medical emergency onboard. The passenger was off-loaded and was rushed to the hospital for further medical assistance. The aircraft took off again for its destination at 16:20h,"
~the airline department said in its press release

When the incident occurred, Agarwal, who had scored 51 and 17 in the previous game, was meant to go to Surat via Delhi with the entire team. Karnataka's next game was against the Railways in Surat.

"The team was on the flight and Agarwal started feeling uneasy and vomited a couple of times sitting on the flight. Since he started feeling sick, he de-boarded. From KSCA MR Shahvir Tarapore called and we quickly sent two of our representatives to the ILS hospital. He is under observation and we are told doctors are running some tests. Now there are multiple theories as to what he might have consumed," a Tripura Cricket Association official said on the condition of anonymity.

He will fly back to Bengaluru the moment he is in a position to travel. Some sources say that Mayank took other transparent liquid in place of water and that led to the grave event.