Chandigarh: National wrestler Nisha Dahiya’s death news that spread like a wildfire turned out to be fake after the U-23 women’s world championships bronze medallist (65kg category) released a video on Wednesday evening saying that she is absolutely fine and that the reports of her death are “fake”.
With Olympic medallist Sakshi Malik by her side, 3-time national champion Nisha said in a nine-second video on her Instagram account that she is in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, to represent the Railways team at the Senior Nationals in Nandini Nagar, scheduled from November 11 to 13.
“Hello, My name is Nisha. I have come to play the senior Nationals in Gonda. I am absolutely fine. This is a fake news. I am fine,” Nisha said in the video, with 2016 Rio Olympics bronze medallist Sakshi Malik sitting next to her. Later, Sonepat’s SP Rahul Sharma issued a statement informing: “This Nisha Dahiya (shot dead) and medallist wrestler Nisha Dahiya are two different people. The medallist wrestler belongs to Panipat and is at an event now.”
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Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) assistant secretary, Vinod Tomar, informed media from Gonda that the WFI has launched its own probe into the matter and that the wrestler was keeping fine after the unfortunate incident.
TOI did some fact-finding and learnt that it was a case of mistaken identity. A girl and her brother were shot dead while their mother was grievously injured in the incessant firing at the Sushil Kumar wrestling academy in Sonepat’s Halalpur. Some online media reports claimed that the deceased girl was an upcoming wrestler which PardaPhash can’t independently confirm. It was reported that the injured lady has been admitted to Rohtak’s PGI hospital.
The Sonepat police, in their first information report (FIR), mentioned the victim’s name as only Nisha, which added to the confusion. It was only after Nisha’s family contacted her in Gonda following online reports about her fatal killing that the real picture emerged. It was also learnt that the local villagers later burnt down the academy in protest, demanding strict action against the culprits.