Delhi police has written a letter to the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) notifying the state government that contentious wrestler Sushil Kumar is still running away and enjoying the Officer on Special Duty (OSD) status despite being named in the murder of former junior national champion Sagar Dhankad.

23-year-old wrestler Sagar died and his two friends got injured after they were supposedly brutally assaulted by other wrestlers on May 4 inside the Chhatrasal Stadium in the northern part of the city.

The cops have issued a Look-out-Circular (LoC) against 2-time Olympic medalist Sushil, whose name is also mentioned in the FIR. Sushil, employed with Indian Railways, is posted as an OSD at Chhatrasal Stadium, where the scuffle allegedly took place.

It has been learnt that Sushil left for Haridwar and then Rishikesh after the incident. He stayed at an ashram in Haridwar. Later, he returned to Delhi and is now constantly changing locations in Haryana.

According to the police, the fight took place between Kumar, Ajay, Prince, Sonu, Sagar, Amit and others in the parking area. Thereafter, police registered a case under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Arms Act at Model Town police station in this regard, they said in a statement. The incident has come at a time when Indian wrestling is rejoicing its highest number of quotas — eight — for the Olympics. The expectation of a best-ever performance at the Tokyo Games is hard to miss.

Sushil, who hails from Najafgarh’s Baprola village, is till date India’s only world champion (2010) in the sport. He is also the only one to claim two individual Olympic medals, an exceptional feat for a country which has seen very limited success at the Games.


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