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Woman wrestler shot dead in Sonepat; identity causes confusion

The murdered woman's identity became a cause of confusion as several reports mistook her for under-23 world championship bronze-medallist of the same name

Wrestling | Sakshi Malik | Haryana

Press Trust of India  |  Sonepat/Gonda 

Nisha Dahiya
It's a fake news (reports of her death). I am fine,

A wrestler named Nisha Dahiya and her brother were shot dead by unknown assailants at an academy here on Wednesday, the murdered woman's identity becoming a cause of confusion as several reports mistook her for under-23 world championship bronze-medallist of the same name.

The killed siblings' mother also sustained injuries as assailants opened fire at them and has been admitted at the PGIMS hospital in Rohtak, the police said.

Sonepat Assistant Superintendent of Police Mayank Gupta confirmed the death of Dahiya and her brother Suraj.

The incident took place at the Sushil Kumar Academy in Sonipat's Halalpur.

But there was chaos online as several reports identified Dahiya as the world medallist, who had been congratulated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi just this morning for her performance in Belgrade some days back.

The Federation of India shared a video in which the fast-rising wrestler can be seen stating that she she is in Gonda for the Championships and fine.

Sitting next to her in is 2016 Olympic bronze-medallist

"The girl who died was a newcomer hailing from Halalpur village in Sonepat. She is also Nisha Dahiya but not the one who went to the U-23 World championship," coach Randhir Malik, who travelled with the Indian women's team to Belgrade, told PTI.


"That Nisha is safe. It's fake news that she has died," he added.


In Sonepat, the police suspect that a coach of the academy could be behind the gruesome incident.

The police said five to six rounds of bullets were fired and added that an investigation was underway.

The bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Wed, November 10 2021. 20:29 IST