Sushil Kumar’s aide sent to four-day police custody; to move to Jammu

The police produced Anirudh before the Metropolitan Magistrate and sought his custody for 7 days. (file)

New Delhi:

A Delhi court on Friday sent an alleged close aide of Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar to four-day police custody in connection with the murder of a 23-year-old former junior national wrestling champion at the Chhatrasal Stadium here.

Anirudh was arrested by the Crime Branch of Delhi Police from the national capital on Thursday. A total of 10 people including Sushil Kumar have been arrested so far in connection with the incident.

The police produced Anirudh before Metropolitan Magistrate Divya Malhotra and sought seven days’ custody. The court, however, allowed his police interrogation only for four days.

During the proceedings, Additional Public Prosecutor Atul Srivastava, representing the police, told the court that his custody is required as he has to be taken to Jammu.

The court was also told that Anirudh has been seen in the purported video of the brawl.

Kumar and his associates had allegedly assaulted wrestler Sagar Dhankhar and his two friends Sonu Mahal and Amit Kumar on the intervening night of May 4 and 5 over a property dispute. Dhankhar, 23, later died of injuries.

The two-time Olympic medalist faces charges of murder, culpable homicide not amounting to murder, kidnapping and criminal conspiracy.

Police have called him the “main culprit and mastermind” behind the alleged murder and said there is electronic evidence in which he and his associates can be seen thrashing Dhankhar with sticks.

Earlier on Friday, the district court had extended his judicial custody in connection with the case till June 25.

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