Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar was sentenced to four days in police jail today after being arrested in a murder case. The wrestler, along with co-accused Ajay from the Mundka district of Delhi, was detained last week for his suspected role in the killing of a 23-year-old wrestler at Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium.
On May 4, Sushil Kumar and his associates allegedly assaulted fellow wrestler Sagar Dhankar and his two pals in the stadium, according to police. All three had to be admitted to the hospital. Mr Dhankar died as a result of his injuries. Police had already discovered and brought to court a video of the incident recorded by Sushil Kumar to terrorise the city’s wrestling circuit. Two days ago, screengrabs of the wrestler attacking the victim with sticks surfaced.
For nearly three weeks, the 37-year-old champion wrestler had been on the run. Sushil Kumar was apprehended after police raided multiple sites and neighbouring cities.Sushil Kumar had moved a court in Rohini, Delhi, on May 18 requesting protection from arrest, stating that the investigation against him was biassed and that he was not responsible for any damage caused to the victim. However, the judge denied his anticipatory bail request, stating that he was “prima facie the primary conspirator” and that the allegations against him were severe.
After winning a bronze medal in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver medal in the 2012 London Olympics, Sushil Kumar rose to prominence.