Olympic medallist India’s Wrestler Sushil Kumar, was arrested this morning over alleged involvement in the murder of a fellow wrestler in Delhi. He had been hiding away from the arrest for nearly 20 days.
Police were on the verge to arrest Sushil Kumar for his alleged involvement in the murder of a 23-year-old wrestler Sagar Rana at a stadium in Delhi. Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P S Kushwah said that-
“A team of Special Cell led by Inspector Shiv Kumar, Inspector Karambir and supervised by ACP Attar Singh has arrested Sushil Kumar and Ajay from Mundka area of Delhi in connection with the murder of the wrestler Sagar Rana.”
The Delhi Police have had announced a reward of ₹ 1 lakh for information leading to the arrest of Sushil Kumar, who had since the murder, been on the run. Another reward of ₹ 50,000 was announced for Ajay Kumar’s arrest who was the second suspect.
About the case
According to police, Sushil Kumar and his group-mates physically assaulted fellow wrestler Sagar Rana, 23, and his two friends on May 4 at the capital’s Chhatrasal Stadium. All three had to be hospitalised soon after the assault. Mr. Sagar Rana later died due to his injuries being severe. It has been revealed that Sushil had also made a video of the assault on the late Sagar so that his influence would remain in the power and his image will still be superior.
Further explained by the police, Sushil and his companions kidnapped Sagar and his friends on a weapon from a flat in the area of Delhi’s Model Town police station late on May 4. Then he was beaten up by taking him to Chhatrasal Stadium. According to the CCTV received by the police, it can be seen that Sushil Kumar was beating Sagar and his teammates with a hockey stick.
According to the police, firing also took place during the fight between two groups of wrestlers in the parking area of Chhatrasal Stadium. 5 wrestlers were injured in this.
Police also found a double barrel gun and cartridges from the scene. Police recovered a loaded double barrel gun and 3 live cartridges with corresponding to 5 vehicles from the crime scene. Delhi Police said that they are investigating the role of Sushil Kumar in it, as he has been charged with serious charges.
Further actions taken by police
Police have been looking out and racking several places in Delhi and its surrounding cities, and even neighbouring states, to arrest the champion wrestler. And when he was Delhi Police informed it through an official tweet:
#DelhiPolice Special Cell nabbed absconding murder accused wrestler Sushil Kumar and Ajay@Sunil from Mundka, Delhi early today wanted in a case of PS Model Town wherein they murdered another wrestler. Carried rewards of ₹1L & ₹50K. Being produced in Court.#NoWrestlingWithLaw pic.twitter.com/fi6uZzgb0X
— #DilKiPolice Delhi Police (@DelhiPolice) May 23, 2021
On May 18, Sushil Kumar had filed a plea in the Rohini court to reach out and seek protection from arrest, claiming that the charges against him were biased and that no injuries caused to the victim were related to him. The court, dismissed his anticipatory bail plea, saying that he was “prima facie the main conspirator” and allegations against him were serious in nature.
Sushil is booked under IPC section 302 (murder), 365 (kidnapping), 120-B (criminal conspiracy). The special cell will now present these two in Rohini court. After his bail plea was denied by the court, non-bailable warrants were issued against him and six others. This came days after a lookout notice was issued against the wrestler.
Sushil was spotted in a car on Meerut toll
Delhi Police was also handed a photo. It is suspected that this photo was of Meerut toll. In it, Sushil Kumar was seen sitting in the car with a man. According to police, the photo was taken on 6 May after the incident took place and most probably Sushil was packing things up for his run.
The Victim’s father wants justice to be done
Ashoka, the father of the late wrestler Sagar Rana, demanded a severe punishment for the accused. He said that we have strong evidence against Sushil. He should be severely punished. I and my family have full faith in the law and demands justice for our son.
The police presented Sushil Kumar in Delhi court and have asked for 12 days police custody. The court reserved the order, the verdict will be pronounced after some time. A day after the incident, Sushil explained the matter. He had said that he was not our fellow wrestler. It was we (Sushil and his team) who informed the police officers that some unknown people are entering our premises and are fighting.
Sushil had won silver at the 2012 London Olympics and bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.