Senior India hockey participant Birendra Lakra was on Tuesday accused of involvement within the homicide of his childhood pal, Anand Toppo by the daddy of the deceased. Lakra’s pal was discovered useless inside his flat in Bhubaneswar in February this 12 months and the daddy of the deceased, Bandhan, has accused the state police of defending the hockey participant since he served as a DSP at one time. Bandhan mentioned he has been struggling to file an FIR for the final 4 months however the state police didn’t assist him, forcing him to go public together with his accusations.
Lakra, 32, was a part of India’s bronze medal profitable staff on the Tokyo Video games and in addition led the nationwide facet on the Asia Cup, the place the staff received a bronze medal.
“We and Birendra had been subsequent door neighbours, so naturally Anand was his childhood pal. On February 28, we bought a name from Birendra that Anand is unconscious and he’s taking him to the hospital. Later he knowledgeable us that Anand isn’t any extra,” Bandhan Toppo advised PTI.
“We requested him what had occurred however he simply advised us to come back to Bhubaneswar. We reached there subsequent day and we had been taken to the native police station the place the officer advised us Anand had dedicated suicide. However there was no suicide observe.
“We had been proven Anand physique’s after a lot insistence and on the primary look I noticed hand marks on his neck. However the submit mortem report mentioned it was a suicide,” mentioned Bandhan.
In latest historical past, Lakra is second sport individual, who has been accused of homicide. Star wrestler Sushil Kumar is already in Tihar Jail on fees of murdering fellow wrestler Sagar Dhankar, who was a junior nationwide champion.
Anand was reportedly discovered useless in flat No 401 of Ayush Radium in Infocity, Patia, which belongs to Lakra, at round 10. Whereas reviews claimed that solely Birendra Lakra and a woman named Manjeet Tete had been current within the flat at the moment, the sufferer’s father begged to vary.
“There have been 4 individuals within the flat throughout my son’s homicide. A 3rd individual was additionally there who’s now being protected,” he claimed.
“I attempted to lodge an FIR on the native police station however they did not entertain me saying it’s a suicide. Then after few days I went to the DCP workplace and filed an a criticism however after ready for 4 months for any motion, we lastly determined to go to the media,” the grieving father mentioned.
“I would like justice for my son. I haven’t got belief in Odisha Police as they’re making an attempt to avoid wasting Lakra as a result of he’s an enormous man and certainly one of them. I would like an an impartial inquiry into the mysterious demise of my son.” In keeping with sources, the incident was a fall out of a love triangle though each Lakra, who performs as a defender, and Anand had been married.
“Anand died simply 12 days after he bought married. He bought married on February 16 and died on 28. He was completely happy together with his marriage,” Bandhan claimed.
Requested if Anand had any relationship with Manjeet, Bandhan didn’t give a transparent reply.
“I do not know something like that. However they had been finding out collectively in Bhubaneswar. If one thing occurred after that I do not know. Anand by no means advised us something about her,” he mentioned.
Repeated calls to Lakra went unanswered.
It has been learnt that he’s at the moment within the nationwide camp in Bengaluru coaching underneath former India captain Sardar Singh and he may be requested to depart the nationwide camp within the wake of the controversy.
Apart from the Olympic bronze, Lakra is a two-time Asian Video games medallist (gold in 2014 Incheon, bronze in 2018 Jakarta). He was additionally part of the silver-medal profitable Indian staff on the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Video games. PTI SSC AT AT
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