Olympic boxer Dinesh Kumar suffered a head injury after an unidentified person attacked him while he was asleep in his hostel room at the National Institute of Sports (NIS), Patiala, on Wednesday night. The Arjuna Awardee, who recently won a bronze medal in a test event for the 2012 Olympics held in London, received eight stitches.
"Dinesh came to our room at around 3.30 in the morning. He was bleeding profusely and shouting that someone had attacked him. He then passed out. We took him to hospital where he regained consciousness in the afternoon," said Olympic medal-winning boxer Vijender Singh. "Though he has recovered from the shock, he has no idea what actually happened last night."
The boxers, including Dinesh, had returned to Patiala from the test event yesterday night.
"Following the incident, we went to his room and found his purse on the floor with the money missing. It looks like a case of robbery. But the real shocker is, how could an outsider enter the premises," added Vijender.
Police officials, who came to meet Dinesh in hospital, could not record his statement, as he couldn't recall any details of the incident. "We have launched an internal inquiry into the incident," said an NIS official not wishing to be named.