Railways set to suspend Sushil, WFI to wait and watch

IMAGE: Olympic medal-winning wrestler Sushil Kumar arrested in connection with the Chhatrasal Stadium brawl that led to the death of a wrestler, in New Delhi. Photograph: PTI Photo

The Northern Railway is set to suspend wrestler Sushil Kumar after he was arrested by the Delhi Police in a murder case, a spokesperson said on Monday.

A senior commercial manager with the Northern Railway, Olympic medallist Kumar was posted by the Delhi government as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at Chhatrasal Stadium for development of sports at school level.

On the run for nearly three weeks, Kumar was arrested a day ago for his alleged involvement in the death of a 23-year-old wrestler at Chhatrasal Stadium, along with co-accused Ajay from outer Delhi’s Mundka area.

“The Railway Board has received a report on the case on Sunday from the Delhi government. He has FIRs registered against him and he will be suspended,” Northern Railway CPRO Deepak Kumar said.

Officials said that an official order suspending the wrestler will be issued in a couple of days.

The two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar’s arrest on grounds of involvement in an ugly brawl that resulted in junior national champion Sagar Dhankar’s death has stoked the ire of many.

Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Assistant Secretary Vinod Tomar feels the arrest of two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar has tarnished the image of the sport in the country. 

WFI Assistant Secretary said Sushil has damaged the sport of wrestling globally. Vinod feels irrespective of what happens to Sushil, the image of wrestling has been damaged.

“As of now let the law take a call on him, whether he is guilty or innocent but what has happened is not good especially for wrestling. Sushil was the person who worked hard and brought wrestling on height and helped aspiring wrestlers,” Vinod said.

“We don’t know what is the truth is, whether he has done something wrong or not that law will make clear but the federation has sympathy with him. Till the time he is not been declared culprit or innocent, the federation will not take any decision,” he added.

The WFI Assistant Secretary also informed that the governing body has set up a meeting with the WFI President regarding the matter.

“We will have a meeting with federation’s president regarding Sushil Kumar soon and then decide but as of now it’s a matter of court and let the court decide,” said Vinod.

Meanwhile, Delhi Police on Monday said the Delhi Police Crime Branch will investigate the case related to the Chhatrasal Stadium brawl that led to the alleged murder of a 23-year-old wrestler Sagar.

A Delhi Court on Sunday granted six days of police custody of Sushil Kumar. A non-bailable warrant was issued against 38-year-old Sushil and others in the case relating to the alleged killing of the 23-year-old wrestler.

According to the police, Sushil while absconding crossed the borders of as many as seven states and union territories during the last 18 days.

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