Heart-choking news that knocked the grounds of Indian Olympics so to say, On May 4, Sagar, who had competed in the 97-kg Greco-Roman category, was beaten to death just outside Delhi’s Chhatrasal Stadium in a clash involving two groups. Sushil, a two-time Olympic medallist, had been on the run since May 5, when an FIR was registered against him under IPC sections 302 (murder), 365 (abduction) and 120-B (criminal conspiracy) at Model Town police station in Northwest Delhi.
“In the initial probe, it has come out that… Sushil Pehelwan (Kumar) and his aides committed this crime…,” the FIR read. Sushil, however, had denied he had anything to do with the incident. “They weren’t our wrestlers, it happened late last night. We have informed police officials that some unknown people jumped into our premises and fought. No connection of our stadium with this incident,” he told ANI a day after the incident.
A team of Delhi police raided several locations in Punjab after he was spotted in Bhatinda. More than 15 teams of Delhi police were searching for Sushil Kumar in four States.Kumar, employed with Indian Railways and presently on deputation, was posted as an Officer on Special Duty (OSD) at Chhattrasal Stadium, where the brawl allegedly took place on May 3 and 4 midnight.
On May 18, A Delhi court had rejected the anticipatory bail filed by Sushil, observing that the allegations against the wrestler were serious. Delhi Police Commissioner S N Shrivastava, who had announced a cash reward of Rs. 1 lakh for information leading to his arrest, also took out a non-bailable arrest warrant against him from the court. The report added that an investigation had revealed Kumar had travelled between Delhi, Uttarakhand, Uttar Pradesh and Haryana while trying to avoid being arrested.
In addition, Sushil, along with the others said to be involved in the May 4 clash, may have used multiple SIM cards to cover their tracks. According to the police, Sushil left home as soon as news of Sagar’s death broke. Investigators have also reportedly picked up a man who is said to have arranged 10 SIM cards for Sushil and his associate Ajay Kumar.