Born on May 26th, 1983, in Baprola village, near Najafgarh in South West Delhi, 37-year-old two-time medal Olympic medallist, Sushil Kumar came from a humble background with his father working as a driver and his mother a housewife. At the age of 14, he started his wrestling training at the Chhatrasal’s stadium akhada. He was trained by Arjuna awardee Guru Satpal and then at the Indian Railways by Gyan Singh and Rajkumar Baisla Gurjar. Sushil Kumar was trained in pehlwani wrestling at the akhada. In 1998, he tasted his first success at the World Cadet Games, where he managed to win gold medal in his weight category, which was followed by a gold medal at the Asian Junior Wrestling Championship in the year 2000. At the Asian Championship, he won a bronze medal in 2003 and a gold medal in 2010. In the 2008 Olympics held in Beijing, he managed to grab a bronze medal followed by a silver medal at the 2012 Summer Olympics, which made him the first person to win two Olympic medals for independent India. In 2010, 2014, and 2018 Commonwealth Games held at Delhi, Glasgow, and Australia, respectively, he managed to win gold medals, making him achieve the feat of winning three gold medals, in three consecutive Commonwealth Games.
In the year 2005, he was awarded with the Arjuna Award, for outstanding performance in sports and games. In 2011, he was conferred with Padma Shri, the fourth highest civilian award in India.
The wrestler who flashed his medals proudly then, now has to hide his face with a cloth as he was arrested yesterday facing murder charges, abduction, and criminal conspiracy related to a clash that happened on May 4th, between two groups over which ended with a former junior national champion, Sagar Dhankhar, getting beaten to death. Along with the two-time Olympic medallist and ex-world champion Sushil Kumar, one of his confidantes and a fellow wrestler, Ajay Sherawat, was also arrested.
On May 6th, the news circulated that a 23-year-old wrestler was killed and two of his friends were injured during a brawl with a group of people at the Chattrasal Stadium in the early hours. Sagar, the deceased, was the son of the Delhi Police head constable. The name of the Indian wrestler Sushil Kumar was also brought up in this matter. He, however, denied his involvement in the case altogether. “They weren’t our wrestlers; it happened late last night. We have informed the police officials that some unknown person jumped into our premises and fought. There is no connection of our stadium with this incident.” Was his statement given to ANI?
“A probe revealed that the brawl broke out among Sushil Kumar, Ajay, Prince, Sonu, Sagar, Amit, and others in the parking area. The injured people were shifted to the hospital,” said the additional DCP.
Sagar succumbed to his injuries later.
Since the day after the incident, the two had been on the run escaping cops since both have an FIR registered against them for murder, abduction, and criminal conspiracy. The police paraded both of them while they hid their faces behind towels. Sushil Kumar carried a bounty of Rs. 1 lakh, while Ajay Sherawat had a bounty of Rs. 50,000 on their heads.
“We have arrested Sushil Kumar, who carried a reward of Rs 1 lakh, and Ajay Sherawat, who had a reward of Rs 50,000,” Delhi Police spokesperson, Chinmoy Biswal, said.
An Olympian and a National wrestler, running wanted for a crime of murder, arrested on World Wrestling Day (May 23)..
Accused Sushil Kumar and Ajay arrested after a fortnight’s chase across 6 states/UTs..
Shall now face the law of the land.. pic.twitter.com/oLh4qc0R14
— Special Cell, Delhi Police (@CellDelhi) May 23, 2021
Both Sushil Kumar and Ajay Sherawat have been produced before the Rohini court and sent to police custody for six days. While on the run, both of them traveled to Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Chandigarh, and Punjab.
The clash that led to the death of Sagar Dhankhar started over the property. As per the police, Sagar Dhankhar and his friends were staying in a house linked to Sushil Kumar near the stadium, and they had been asked to vacate recently, which ultimately led to the clash between the two.
The fall of the mighty Sushil Kumar, a youth icon who gained such stardom, love, and respect from people, is extremely tragic. He had gained fame and respect at the domestic level and at the international level with so many feathers in his cap. He was well respected even during the domestic competitions where he used to be known as “pehelwanji.” Teenagers who wanted to become wrestlers used to look up to Sushil Kumar and always held him in high regard.
The image of Sushil Kumar’s face covered with a cloth and paraded by the policemen is a blow to his reputation. It takes one tiny moment of insanity to blow up and shred the entire life into pieces that one builds with blood and sweat.
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