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Police arrested two-time Olympic medallist Sushil Kumar in connection with the murder of a fellow former junior national wrestling champion.

The wrestler was on the run after police found Sagar Dhankhar, 23, beaten to death on May 4. Kumar was present when the young wrestler was beaten to death at New Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium by rival wrestlers. According to police, all victims made allegations against Kumar.

A son of a Delhi police officer died from his injuries at the fight. Another wrestler remains in critical condition and is being treated for his injuries.

In the past, Kumar won a world title and a Commonwealth Games gold for wrestling as well as a freestyle silver at the 2012 London Olympics. However, the Wrestling Federation of India now say the sport’s reputation has been tarnished by Kumar.

Police raided the Delhi region and offered a $1,350 reward for the capture of the 37-year-old.

Delhi police arrested him in the Indian capital New Delhi. However, 6 days prior, a Delhi court rejected a bid by Kumar’s lawyers to prevent his arrest. Kumar’s lawyers allege that their client is innocent and are calling the police bias. They also sought anticipatory bail for the case. But, the court refused it because of the severity of the case.

By Derry Salter

Cardiff University Journalism and Communications student. Intern for MMN.

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