Boxer’s family misses bout as transformer removed; power official suspended

  • PTI, Chandigarh
  • Updated: Aug 13, 2016 23:47 IST
Major Kumar, an Asian Games bronze-medallist and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist. (Reuters)

A Haryana power department employee was suspended after boxer Manoj Kumar’s brother alleged that a transformer was removed from in front of their house in Kaithal district, as a result of which their parents “could not watch his bout” in Rio Olympics.

An official later said another transformer had been installed again at the spot.

“I got the transformer installed by requesting the previous chief minister. But some rowdy elements of the village took away the transformer. My parents feel harassed as they did not get to watch Manoj’s match,” alleged Rajesh Kumar in his letter to Haryana sports minister Anil Vij.

Rajesh, who is in Rio with his brother, sought strict action against the “rowdy elements” and an electricity department employee for “uninstalling” the transformer from in front of his house at Rajound.

Major Kumar, an Asian Games bronze-medallist and Commonwealth Games gold-medallist, was gearing for his pre-quarterfinal bout at the Olympics.

In his reply, Vij said that he has asked superintendent of police Kaithal Sumer Partap Singh to send police personnel to their home to investigate the matter. An assistant foreman, identified as Satpal, who was allegedly involved in shifting the transformer has been suspended, an Uttar Haryana Bijli Vitran Nigam (UHBVN) official said.

UHVBN executive engineer PC Saini said, “We have reinstalled the transformer.” The SP said two cops have been deployed outside the house of Manoj Kamar after Vij told him about the complaint. “The family refused to lodge complaint against anybody,” he said.

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