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India’s Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar, aide nabbed by Delhi Police in murder case


After evading arrest for nearly 20 days, India’s two-time Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar on Sunday was arrested by the Delhi Police in connection with the brawl at Chhatrasal Stadium that led to the death of a 23-year-old wrestler, Sagar Rana. Sushil Kumar had won a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics.

Apart from Sushil Kumar, the police also arrested his aide Ajay Kumar, who was accompanying him since the murder, from Delhi’s Mundka area while they were on their way to meet someone on a scooter.

Deputy commissioner of police (special cell) PS Kushwah said, “A team of Special Cell led by Inspector Shivkumar, Inspector Karambir and supervised by ACP Attar Singh has arrested Sushil Kumar and Ajay from Mundka area of Delhi in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Sagar Rana at Chhatrasal Stadium.”

The crime

As per the case details, the deceased and his two friends were allegedly assaulted by Sushil Kumar and other wrestlers inside Chhatrasal Stadium in northern Delhi on the intervening night of May 4. Kumar, 37, had been evading arrest since the incident. Police have charged Kumar with abduction, criminal conspiracy and murder.

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The Delhi Police had announced a reward of Rs 1 lakh for information leading to the arrest of Sushil Kumar, who had been on the run since the incident. Another reward of Rs 50,000 was announced for Ajay Kumar’s arrest. Police have been raiding several places in Delhi and its surrounding cities, and neighbouring states, to arrest the champion wrestler.

Court refused to protect Sushil Kumar

On May 18, Sushil Kumar had approached the Rohini court seeking protection from arrest, claiming that the probe against him was biased and that no injuries caused to the victim were attributable to him. The court, however, dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, saying he was prima facie the main conspirator and allegations against him were serious in nature.

Non-bailable warrants were issued against him and six others. This came days after a lookout notice was issued against the wrestler.


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