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17-year-old kabaddi player found dead outside his house in Nabha

Narinder Kaur, the mother of the deceased, said his son ‘may be taking drugs’ as he was under the influence of his friends. She told the police that Sukhbir had a quarrel with her the previous night and went outside. 

punjab Updated: Aug 21, 2018 15:04 IST
Mohit Singla
Mohit Singla
Hindustan Times, Nabha
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Sukhbir Singh(HT Photo)

In a shocking incident, a 17-year-old kabaddi player was found dead in front of his house in Chhintanwala village in the wee hours of Monday. Reportedly, the under-17 state-level kabaddi player, Sukhbir Singh, had to join a training camp at Bhadson on Monday morning.

Narinder Kaur, the mother of the deceased, said his son ‘may be taking drugs’ as he was under the influence of his friends.She told the police that Sukhbir had a quarrel with her the previous night and went outside.

Surprisingly, it was the villagers who informed Narinder and the police about the incident. The villagers found the teenager lying outside his house and saw foam coming out of his mouth, told Chhintawala chowki in-charge Mohan Singh.His body and face were reportedly swollen.

However, the villagers and Sukhbir’s team mates refuted the allegations stating that Sukhbir never took drugs as he was sincere towards his career and was of good character.

“While I was asleep, Sukhbir called on my phone at around 12 in the midnight and told my mother (who took the call) that some boys were troubling him to which my mother asked him to go to sleep for now and should resolve the matter later,” said Lovepreet Singh, who was also suppose to join the training camp with the player on Monday.

“He was very excited about learning the game from the expert players at the camp and when my mother told me about his call, I thought he was joking with me, but then we received the bad news in the morning,” he added.

Lovepreet completely denied allegations that Sukhbir was into drugs and said he was a sincere player and aspired to become national-level player.

It is pertinent to mention here that Sukhbir’s father had died in a road accident few years ago, while his grandparents had also died sometime ago. He was living with his mother and had no siblings.

Bhupinder Singh, a resident of Dhuri and Sukhbir’s relative, claimed it was a murder and not suicide. He said the police should investigate the matter and arrest the accused for murdering his nephew.

Police said the body has been sent for the postmortem to determine the cause of death. “We are investigating the matter from every angle,” they added.

First Published: Aug 21, 2018 15:00 IST