Sushil Kumar arrested following 20-day manhunt

Sushil Kumar

Two times Olympic medalist Sushil Kumar has been arrested. The arrest marks an important juncture in the surprising drama that played out since the death of a fellow wrestler.

Sushil Kumar


Former junior national wrestling champion Sagar Rana was murdered during a brawl in the Chhatrasal Stadium on 4 May 2021. Sushil Kumar was allegedly involved in the murder and was noted as a suspect by Delhi Police. He had been evading arrest for nearly 20 days and a reward of Rs. 1 Lakh was announced for anyone providing fruitful information about his whereabouts. However, the search for the suspect finally came to an end as he was arrested.

The 23 year old wrestler was allegedly taken to Chhatrasal Stadium and beaten up by a number of men, including the Olympic silver medalist. Two of Rana’s friends were also thrashed by the attackers. All three had to be rushed to hospital. Rana could not survive his injuries.

He was captured from Mundka in the northwest region of the national capital. Another suspect named Ajay was also captured alongside him. A team led by Inspector Shivkumar and Inspector Karambir were behind the arrest. The police team was supervised by ACP Attar Singh.

Deputy Commissioner of Police (Special Cell) P S Kushwah: “A team of Special Cell led by Inspector Shivkumar, Inspector Karambir and supervised by ACP Attar Singh has arrested Sushil Kumar and Ajay from Mundka area of Delhi in connection with the killing of 23-year-old Sagar Rana at Chhatrasal Stadium.”


The 37 year old Kumar won a bronze in the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver in the 2012 London Olympics. He carried the Indian flag at the opening ceremony of the latter. He also won the gold medal in the 74 kg division at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.

However, he has always been part of controversies, including a bitter public feud with fellow wrestler Narsingh Yadav, which was seen by media and the wrestling community as a saga full of conspiracies.

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