NEW DELHI: Delhi Police questioned two wrestlers and identified two others who were present when 23-year-old wrestler Sagar Dhankad was killed at Chhatrasal Stadium on Tuesday. The two wrestlers interrogated on Saturday have been identified as Bhagtu and Ravinder.
While the former was present with Dhankad and his friend Sonu, the latter was seen in a CCTV footage in the company of the third victim, Amit, minutes before they were forced into the car and driven to the stadium.
Police are in pursuit of wrestler Sushil Kumar, Olympic medalist, and his friends for the killing of Dhankad. The group has been on the run since the May 4 incident.
Sources revealed that Ravinder stayed in the stadium, while Bhagtu lived close to the stadium in the proximity of the flat rented by Dhankad and Sonu. The deceased often called Ravinder and asked about what was happening inside the stadium. During questioning, Ravinder told the cops that on May 4, the Olympian had hit him and thrown him out of the stadium.
A police source said, “Ravinder reached Amit’s house in Shalimar Bagh and realised he had left his phone behind. They called Ravinder’s brother, a wrestler who lives in the stadium, to retrieve the phone. Apparently, Kumar asked Ravinder’s brother about his whereabouts and left immediately for Shalimar Bagh in two cars. Amit, meanwhile, informed Dhankad and Sonu about Ravinder’s harassment.” Dhankad, in turn, summoned Bhagtu.
Dhankad later made a call to Ravinder’s phone, which was allegedly answered by Kumar after Ravinder picked it up. According to the police source, the Olympian then took Ravinder in his care to Dhankad’s flat, where the 23-year-old wrestler was conferring with Sonu and Bhagtu. The trio, however, were accosted by Kumar and his friend and brought to Chhatrasal Stadium. When a fight broke out, Bhagtu and Ravinder alleged they were beaten by the senior wrestler but that the main targets were Dhankad and Sonu.
Police are verifying the claims of Bhagtu and Ravinder. On Tuesday night, police had also seized four vehicles from outside the stadium. A double barrel gun was recovered from one of the cars. Dhankad was the son of a Delhi Police head constable. When the cops got into action, however, they found that Kumar and his associates, Ajay, Prince and some others, named in the FIR based on the statement given by Sonu, had vanished from the scene. Their mobile phones have been switched off since.