A renowned international kabaddi player was shot dead during an ongoing match of a kabaddi tournament at Jalandhar’s Mallian Khurd (Nivin Mallian) on Monday evening. The victim has been identified asSandhu aka Sandeep Nangal Ambian (38).
The incident took place between 6:15 pm to 6:30 pm. Sandeep had come along with his team to participate in a match which was supposed to start in the evening.
It is learnt that when Sandeep came out of the tournament site, unidentified assailants opened fire on him, leaving him dead on the spot. A teenage boy was also injured but he is out of danger.
SSP (Rural) Jalandhar Satinder Singh reached the spot soon after the incident. A personal rivalry or professional jealousy could be the reason behind the incident, police said.
As soon as the bullet shots were fired, people ran out of the ground to save their lives, the videos of the incident revealed.
Sandeep was among the top five Kabaddi players of the world and head of Major Kabaddi League Federation. He represented the United Kingdom team as captain in various Kabaddi World Cup tournaments.
Sandeep is survived by his parents, wife and two sons. He used to live in UK and would come to India every year during the winter to participate in kabaddi tournaments.
Sources in the Kabaddi sector said that there is lot of money in the sport, with several gangsters also involved in it, who dictate players on which team they should play for.
“A murder case against unidentified persons has been registered. People in the area are in a state of shock and panic after the incident,” said Station House officer (SHO) Inspector Parminder Singh of Nakodar Sadar police station.