Delhi police have registered an FIR against Sushil Kumar – only Indian to have won two individual Olympic medals – and five of his supporters on the basis of a complaint by wrestler Praveen and his brother Naveen. Police says Kumar and his supporters had allegedly thrashed Rana and his brother at the Indira Gandhi Stadium on Friday. A case under the section of assault and criminal intimidation has been registered.
In the complaint, Rana has alleged that Sushil’s supporters had started taunting him after his Commonwealth Games trial bout with Sushil, which the latter won 7-3. When Rana was unwinding in the training arena, Sushil’s supporters barged in and beat him up. He alleged that the men beat him and his brother with a chair and iron rods when they tried to resist.
Apart from Sushil, Rana has named five men, all aides of the Olympian. A team from the IP Estate police station has called Rana and the accused to record their statements on Monday.
“They threatened to kill me if I go to the stadium for training. They asked me to stay away from wrestling and not be seen anywhere near the stadium,” Rana said in his complaint.
After learning about the FIR, an upset Sushil told media: “If even one witness comes forward and says that I have harmed Parveen Rana after the bout as alleged by him, I am ready to face the law of the land… ready to face the consequences no matter how big my stature is. Hang me if I am guilty. I didn’t even meet him after the bout as I had gone to change my dress just for two minutes, and later I was inside the wrestling hall. So how could I hit him?”
Pratibha Elin Lakra