This is the sickening moment a bleeding man was attacked with a machete, axe and baseball bat by a masked gang at a sports event in Derby.
The victim was targeted by a group of men after violence broke out and ‘gunshots’ were fired at a kabaddi tournament in suburb of Alvaston last month.
In shocking footage shared on social media one man with a bloodied face and hands can be seen curling up in a ball as masked men rein blows down on him, while some bystanders plead with them to stop.
The sudden outbreak, which is believed to have been caused by clashes between rival gangs in a pre-arranged fight, sent spectators and their families running in terror.
Since the shocking outbreak of violence 12 men have been arrested and three have been charged with offences including attempted murder, violent disorder and possession of a firearm.
A bloodied victim was seen lying on the floor and being attacked by a masked group of men
One masked man was seen wielding an axe with a bright green handle and using the blunt edge of the blade to attack a victim
Another masked person was seen attacking the victim with what appears to be a machete
The horror attack took place after a large group of masked men crashed a Kabaddi tournament in Elvaston Lane at around 4pm on Sunday, August 20.
Armed police rushed to the venue after the violence broke out, with eyewitnesses later claiming a man had been attacked repeatedly with a sword.
Broadcast footage of the tournament from the Panjab Broadcasting Channel showed the moment the live commentary cut out and the players ducked for cover after appearing to hear gunshots.
What is Kabaddi?
Kabaddi is a blend of rugby without the ball, tag for grown ups, with wrestling thrown in.
It contains a mixture of tactical brainpower and beastly brawn.
The teams take turns sending a ‘raider’ into the other half. To win a point, the raider must take a breath, run into the opposing half, tag one or more members of the opposite team, then return to his home half before inhaling again.
The raider will chant ‘kabaddi, kabaddi’ with his exhaling breath to show the referee he has not inhaled.
The raider will be declared ‘out’ and will not gain the point if he inhales before returning to his side, or returns without touching an opponent.
The tagged defenders will be ‘out’ if they do not succeed in catching the raider who tagged them.
Defenders may not cross the centre line (the ‘lobby’) of the field and the raider may not cross the boundary lines. However, there is one bonus line which can grant extra points for the raider if he manages to touch it and return successfully.
Players who are out are temporarily sent off the field.
Each time a player is out, the opposing team earns a point. A team scores a bonus of two points (called a ‘lona’), if the entire opposing team is declared out.
At the end of the game, the team with the most points wins.
In separate footage members of the crowd could be seen running away, screaming and stumbling over in a bid to get to their cars and flee the scene.
Three people were injured in the melees, with one person seriously hurt. All three were taken to hospital.
In a statement released last week, Derbyshire Constabulary confirmed three men had been charged following the violence.
Karamjit Singh, 35, of Derby, has been charged with violent disorder and possession of a bladed article. He appeared at Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court on Thursday 24 August when he was further remanded in custody.
Malkeet Singh, 23, of Birmingham, has been charged with violent disorder and possession of a firearm. He was remanded in custody and appeared in court on Saturday when he was further remanded in custody.
Hardev Uppal, 33, of Tipton, Sandwell, has been charged with attempted murder, violent disorder and possession of a firearm. He was remanded in custody and appeared in court on Saturday when he was further remanded in custody.
Nine other men were arrested on suspicion of violent disorder, with two of these additionally being detained on suspicion of attempted murder and one for possession of a class A drug. They have all since been released on bail while investigations continue.
Chief Superintendent of Derbyshire Constabulary, Emma Aldred, said: ‘I’d like to thank the local community and the wider public for their help and support since this incident.
‘Many people have come forward to provide information during this investigation and we’re very grateful to them.
‘I’d also like to thank the owners of the vehicles which were left at the site following the incident for their patience while our investigations at the scene were carried out and we worked to release their vehicles.
‘Twelve people have so far been arrested in connection with this incident and investigations are continuing so we’re keen to hear from witnesses.
‘If you have any information that could help with our investigation, please do get in touch.’
Armed police swarmed Derby Kabaddi grounds in Alvaston last month after the violence broke out
Three people were injured in the violence, one of them seriously, which flared after masked men crashed the event
An armed police officer at Derby Kabaddi ground after the incident on Sunday, August 20
In a statement released the day after the incident, the England Kabaddi Federation (EKF) condemned the attacks.
They said: ‘EKF condemns the incident that took place yesterday at Derby Kabaddi Tournament in strongest terms possible.
‘EKF understands that a fight broke out between unknown individuals in the car park which then spread as far as the entrance gates of the Kabaddi playing areas which as always was secured by two metre high mesh security fence.
‘However, the individuals involved did not get past the crowd barriers protecting the pitch.
‘While it was a horrific and terrifying incident no bystander (player, official or spectator) was in any way attacked or involved.
‘Initial unconfirmed enquiries indicate that it was a pre-arranged fight between rival gangs based in Midlands. EKF wishes to emphasise that the gangs in question do not have any links or connections with any EKF affiliated club or its members.
‘The Derby Kabaddi tournament appears to have been chosen by these gangs purely at random for reasons only they know.
‘The police declared the whole area a crime scene as a result of which EKF was forced to abandon the tournament.’
Anyone who witnessed the incident, or has any information, is asked to contact Derbyshire Constabulary on 101 or online, quoting the reference 739 of 20 August.