Reeling under debt, athlete-turned-farmer commits suicide

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Sangrur
  • Updated: Jul 02, 2016 15:44 IST
Sukhveer had won gold medals at a national sports meet for para athletes held in Bangalore in 2013. (HT Photo)

A 28-year-old national-level para athlete-cum-farmer hanged himself owing to his failure to pay debt on the intervening night of Thursday and Friday.

The deceased has been identified as Sukhveer Singh, 28, a resident of Shahpur Kalan village in Sangrur. He was handicapped and was suffering from polio.

Sukhveer had won gold medals in 100-metre and 400-metre in a tournament for para athletes held by Mahinder Athletics Society at Alwar, Rajasthan in June 2012. He had won gold medals at a national sports meet for para athletes held in Bangalore from June 27 to July 1, 2013. Singh is survived by his wife and two daughters and was the sole bread winner of the family. A village resident Makhan Singh said, on Thursday night, when his family was out of house, he hanged himself with the ceiling fan of his living room. “When his family members returned home, he was already dead,” he said.

The police said Sukhveer was owner of 1.5 acre land in village. However, he had to pay over `4 lakh that he had borrowed from banks. “Sukhveer could not sow paddy saplings in his field as he had no money to install a new water motor in the field. Due to this, he was in stress and took this extreme step,” the police said.

Makhan said Sukhveer was a national-level para athlete and had won gold medals in athletics few years ago. He said the government had promised financial help to him. “However, no help had come from their side,” he said. Meanwhile, the police have initiated proceedings under Section 174 of the CrPC.

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