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Sagar Rana murder case: Delhi Police hails Sushil Kumar a threat to witnesses and victims

Sushil Kumar and his associate Ajay were sent to 14 days of judicial custody last week in connection with the murder case.

Sushil Kumar

Delhi Police informed the court that the murder accused Sushil Kumar is a threat for the witnesses in the Sagar Rana murder case. The statement was made after 4 witnesses pleaded for protection. Sushil and his associate Ajay were sent to 14 days judicial custody last week in connection with the murder case.

Police further told the court that Sushil Kumar, is an international wrestler, has money and is an influential person therefore, can use his power to cause harm to the remaining victims and witnesses in the case. Crime Branch also told the court that this case is very sensitive and is being covered extensively in the media.

The Crime Branch has even filed an application in the court requesting to provide protection to the witnesses and victims, expressing the threat of danger to their lives. In a big disclosure in the court, it has been told that 4 of Sushil’s associates arrested in this case have a criminal record and are members of dangerous gangs active in Delhi NCR.

Sushil Kumar arrest: Picture of him assaulting wrestler Sagar Dhankar had surfaced earlier

Sushil Kumar seen with stick during the Chhatrasal stadium brawl

In the early days of the investigation, a picture of the two-time Olympic medalist and his associates assaulting deceased wrestler Sagar during the brawl had surfaced. In a screengrab from a video, Sushil can be seen with a stick while his associates assault Sagar. The young wrestler succumbed to his injuries while undergoing treatment at a hospital.

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Dhankar’s post mortem report had revealed that he died due to ‘cerebral damage’ after being hit on the head by a blunt object. Two others were also injured in the scuffle that took place on May 4. In the screengrab, the 23-year-old can be seen lying on the ground while a crowd thrashes him with sticks.

The Delhi Police has claimed the footage is from the parking lot of the Chhatrasal Stadium where Sushil and his men beat Dhankar and two others mercilessly. “Sushil had asked (his friend) Prince to make that video. He and his associates thrashed the victims like animals. He wanted to establish his fear in the wrestling community,” Delhi Police was quoted by Times Now as telling the court last week.

The disagreement between Sushil Kumar and Sagar Dhankar, which led to the brawl, was over a flat that belonged to the former World Champion in the Model Town area of Delhi. Sagar used to stay on rent in this flat with a friend named Sonu Mahal, who is hailed as the right-hand of wanted gangster Kala Jathedi.

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