A 16-year-old boy was stabbed three times in the back near Star Cinema in Maafannu ward on Tuesday night, according to police.
Sub-Inspector Ahmed Shiyam confirmed the victim was taken to Indira Gandhi Memorial hospital for treatment following the attack.
However, Shiyam said it was too early to say whether or not the attack was linked to the controversial gang-favourite sport ‘Baibala’.
‘’We are still investigating the case and we haven’t discovered yet whether the stabbings are linked to Baibala tournament,” he said.
The government initially refused to authorise the annual Baibala Tournament this year after police expressed concern with the potential for violence between gangs during the competition.
However, permission was granted after a group of 150 players petitioned the president outside his residence.
Last month, a 16-year-old boy was stabbed to death after a football match between two gangs in the ’Maaziya’ football ground.
According to eyewitnesses, the victim was attacked by a group armed with knives and sticks.