New Delhi: A video clip of arrested Olympian wrestler Sushil Kumar, allegedly showing him assaulting another wrestler Sagar Dhankad at Chhatrasal Stadium on the night of May 4, has recently been surfaced on social media. Dhankad, who is seen lying on the ground in the viral video, had reportedly died later.
In the alleged video, the two-time Olympic medalist can be seen holding a stick/baseball bat, while a dozen others stand in the frame too. The video was shot by Kumar’s associate Prince, who has also been arrested. Kumar allegedly wanted to circulate the video in the wrestling circle, apart from rival gangs, to “send a message across” and prove his dominance. Prince had shared the video with a few of his friends.
Police have also stumbled upon another picture that shows Kumar with gangster Kala Jathedi’s brother. The photo shared on Facebook was dated December 18, 2018 with the caption “bhaichara @pehalwanji” and corroborates police’s theory that Kumar was closely associated with the Jathedi gang for over three years.
To note, Kumar is currently in police custody for six days. On Wednesday, he was taken to Chhatrasal Stadium to recreate the crime scene. His friends and he had thrashed Dhankad and his two friends and all three had to be hospitalised. Dhankar later died of his injuries. The wrestler allegedly committed the murder with the backing of jailed gangsters Neeraj Bawana and Naveen Bali.
Jathedi, who is currently based in Dubai, has a reward of Rs 7 lakh on him. He had been grabbing disputed properties in Delhi. Kumar allegedly joined hands with him a while ago and landed a flat in M2-Block of northwest Delhi’s Model Town, which was at the centre of the entire controversy. This flat was used to shelter criminals belonging to the Jathedi-Lawrence Bishnoi gang and many crime plots had been hatched there, revealed an officer.