Wrestler Sushil Kumar Sent to 6-Day Police Custody in Murder Case

On 18 May, Kumar had moved an anticipatory bail petition in Delhi’s Rohini court, but the court rejected his plea.

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On 18 May, Kumar had moved an anticipatory bail petition in Delhi’s Rohini court, but the court rejected his plea.

Wrestler Sushil Kumar, arrested by the Delhi cops on Sunday, 23 May, in connection with the alleged killing of 23-year-old Sagar Rana, was sent to six-day police custody. The police had sought 12-day custody remand for both accused.

“A team of Special Cell SR, led by Inspector Shivkumar and Inspector Karambir and supervised by ACP Attar Singh, 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 Delhi Police told ANI.

The two-time Olympic medalist had been on the run for over a fortnight for alleged links with the murder of former international wrestler Sagar Dhankar.

On 18 May, Kumar had moved an anticipatory bail petition in Delhi's Rohini court, but the court rejected his bail plea. Last week, Delhi Police had announced a cash award of Rs 1 lakh for feedback on the wrestler who had been absconding since 4 May.

On 4 May, two groups of wrestlers clashed with each other at Chhatrasal Stadium leading to the death of 23-year-old Dhankar due to injuries he sustained during the brawl.

Sushil Booked For Murder, Abduction and Criminal Conspiracy

Additional sessions judge Jagdish Kumar had declined to grant anticipatory bail to Kumar, who has been booked for murder, abduction and criminal conspiracy. Kumar in his plea, filed by advocate Kumar Vaibhaw, had said that "unfounded, baseless, scurrilous and preposterous allegations have been made against the applicant maliciously with the only motive to humiliate and injure the reputation of the applicant."

The police said Kumar is the main accused who has played a key role in the commission of offence.

The police had also announced a cash award of Rs 50,000 for anyone who provided information on Sushil's associate Ajay Kumar, who is a co-accused in the murder of Dhankar.


Kumar, in the plea, had argued that statements of the victims had been recorded and alleged recoveries had also been made, therefore no custodial interrogation was required. Kumar also claimed that he had no connection with the alleged firing, which took place during the brawl.

The Delhi Police had filed an FIR under various sections: 302 (murder), 308 (culpable homicide), 365 (kidnapping), 325 (causing grievous hurt), 323 (voluntarily causing hurt), 341 (wrongful restraint) and 506 (criminal intimidation). The police had also included sections 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease), 120-B (criminal conspiracy) and 34 (common intention) of IPC, and various sections under the Arms Act.

(With inputs from IANS and ANI.)

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