Delhi Police arrested wrestler Sushil Kumar after week on the run

Read in Hindi: दिल्ली पुलिस ने एक हफ्ते बाद पहलवान सुशील कुमार को किया गिरफ्तार

Special Commissioner of Police Neeraj Thakur said on Sunday 23 May that wrestler Sushil Kumar was arrested by a team of Special Cell.

Earlier, a Delhi Police official said that the two-time Olympic medalist, who had been running for more than a fortnight for alleged links to the murder of former international wrestler Sagar Dhankhar, has not yet been arrested.

On May 18, Kumar filed an anticipatory bail plea in Delhi’s Rohini court, but the court rejected his bail plea. Last week, the Delhi Police announced a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh for the response to the absconding wrestler from May 4.

On 4 May, two groups of wrestlers clashed at the Chhatrasal Stadium, leading to the death of 23-year-old Dhankhar, as he was injured during a brawl.

Additional Sessions Judge Jagdish Kumar refused to grant anticipatory bail to Kumar, who has been booked for murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy. Kumar, in his petition filed by advocate Kumar Vaibhav, said that “baseless, baseless, derogatory and absurd allegations have been made against the applicant, the sole purpose of which is to hurt the reputation of the applicant”.

Police said Kumar is the main accused who played a key role in committing the crime.

The police had also announced a cash prize of Rs 50,000 to the informant about Sushil’s aide Ajay Kumar, who is a co-accused in Dhankhar’s murder.

Kumar had argued in his plea that the statements of the victims have been recorded and some of the alleged have also been recovered, so there is no need to interrogate them in custody. Kumar also claimed that he had nothing to do with the alleged firing during the dispute.

Delhi Police had filed FIRs under various sections: 302 (murder), 308 (non-intentional murder), 365 (kidnapping), 325 (causing serious injury), 323 (voluntarily causing injury), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal) intimidation). The police also covered sections 269 of IPC (likely to spread the disease with carelessness), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (general intent) and various sections under the Arms Act.

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