Senior India hockey participant Birendra Lakra was on Tuesday accused of involvement within the homicide of his childhood buddy, Anand Toppo by the daddy of the deceased. Lakra’s buddy was discovered lifeless inside his flat in Bhubaneswar in February this yr 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 along with his accusations.
Lakra, 32, was a part of India’s bronze medal profitable workforce on the Tokyo Video games and in addition led the nationwide aspect on the Asia Cup, the place the workforce received a bronze medal.
“We and Birendra have been subsequent door neighbours, so naturally Anand was his childhood buddy. On February 28, we obtained 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 have been taken to the native police station the place the officer advised us Anand had dedicated suicide. However there was no suicide be aware.
“We have 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 current historical past, Lakra is second sport individual, who has been accused of homicide. Star wrestler Sushil Kumar is already in Tihar Jail on prices of murdering fellow wrestler Sagar Dhankar, who was a junior nationwide champion.
Anand was reportedly discovered lifeless in flat No 401 of Ayush Radium in Infocity, Patia, which belongs to Lakra, at round 10. Whereas studies claimed that solely Birendra Lakra and a lady named Manjeet Tete have 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 need justice for my son. I haven’t got belief in Odisha Police as they’re making an attempt to save lots of Lakra as a result of he’s a giant man and one in every of them. I need an an unbiased inquiry into the mysterious loss of life of my son.” Based on sources, the incident was a fall out of a love triangle regardless that each Lakra, who performs as a defender, and Anand have been married.
“Anand died simply 12 days after he obtained married. He obtained married on February 16 and died on 28. He was joyful along 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 have been learning 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 below former India captain Sardar Singh and he may be requested to go away the nationwide camp within the wake of the controversy.
In addition to 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 workforce on the 2014 Glasgow Commonwealth Video games. PTI SSC AT AT
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