New Delhi: An eight-year-old student from Madrasa Darul Uloom Faridiya was beaten to death on Thursday morning over a game of cricket, said a senior police officer.

The incident occurred when a fight erupted between the boys studying in the madrasa and those residing in the area over a game of cricket.

Identified as Mohammad Azeem, the deceased is a native of Haryana. Local boys play cricket in the empty ground outside the madrasa. The boys who study at the madrasa, however, did not like localities playing in the field during the morning. Thus a tension prevailed between the two groups as the schoolboys had clearly objected to the local group playing the morning game.

According to an official, as an act of retaliation, the local boys reportedly began throwing alcohol bottles at the madrasa. The small fight eventually blew up to become a violent retaliation that resulted in case of physical assault.

The cops added, “Eyewitnesses said the boy fell down after the fight and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where doctors declared him brought dead.”

According to a report by News 18, the students at the madrasa immediately dialled the Delhi’s Police Control Room at 10:10 am on Thursday and informed them about the incident. Meanwhile, a case has been registered under “appropriate sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).”

A similar incident occurred in July when a group of four to five boys allegedly beat a 17-year-old Class XI student to death just outside a government school in northeast Delhi.

The boy was a student of SKV school in Jyoti Nagar. After the incident, the victim was admitted in Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital by his cousin, who is also a student of SKV school. However the boy was declared as brought dead, said Atul Kumar Thakur, deputy commissioner of police (northeast).