18-year-old sprinter allegedly commits suicide in hostel at Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium

first_imgEighteen-year-old sprinter Palender Chaudhary has allegedly committed suicide in his hostel room of the athletics academy at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium in Delhi.He was found hanging from the ceiling at 6:30pm on Tuesday after he had come back from training around 5:30pm. He later died in the Safdarjung Hospital.A Sports Authority of India official has said that he perhaps had an argument with his father over the phone.”I was told he had an argument on phone with his father in the morning yesterday [Tuesday]. Later his sister came to talk to him too. Unfortunately, we could not save him despite our best efforts, the official told ANI.The police are yet to ascertain the exact reason for his suicide and are investigating the matter.Also read – Went to National Open due to Asiad failure: Sreeshankar”We have ordered a departmental inquiry as the incident happened in our premises. The inquiry will be headed by Secretary SAI Swarn Singh Chabra and it should be completed within a week,” SAI Director General Neelam Kapur said.”Preliminary it seems a family matter related to monetary issues. What we came to know is that the boy had an argument with his father in the morning on phone after which his sister came to meet him in evening. He took the step in front of his sister after threatening her. She came out screaming and our staff immediately went there and brought him down,” Kapur added.His father however, revealed that his son was in need of money and spoke to him regarding this over the phone.advertisement”He told me he needed money. I assured him that I will give him the money. Don’t know what happened later. I’ve no complaints against the people at the stadium,” said Mahesh Pal, father of Palender Chaudhary.He told me he needed money. I assured him that I will give him the money. Don’t know what happened later. I’ve no complaints against the people at the stadium:Mahesh Pal, Father of sprinter Palender Chaudhary (who allegedly committed suicide at Delhi’s JL Nehru stadium yesterday) pic.twitter.com/bxQmHxsv39ANI (@ANI) November 14, 2018This is what Police has told India Today:At 9 pm on Tuesday, a call was received from Safdarjung Hospital regarding the admission of a Palender Chaudhary s/o Sh. Mahesh Pal r/o JLN Stadium Hostel by one Sh. Harkamaljeet Singh (coach) in unconscious state.Upon inquiry, it is found that Palender was residing in room No.69 of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium Hostel since November 2016 and was taking training for 100 and 200 metre races.He was found hanging from the ceiling fan of his hostel room on 2nd floor by a friend who visited him. She raised an alarm and cut the scrap bandage by a knife. His coach and other guards took him to medical centre of Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium and from there, after initial treatment, he was brought to Safdarjung Hospital for treatment.Also read – Exclusive: Neeraj Chopra says Diamond League was his biggest experience in 2018Doctor declared him dead today on Wednesday morning. Chaudhary’s father is from Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh and came to the Safdarjung Hospital. No suicide note was found during enquiry.Chaudhary represented India in 100 and 200 m races on international level and also took part in the Youth Asia Athletic meet in Bangkok in 2017 where he won gold in relay. He also participated at the World Youth Championship last July.Chaudhary had recently got enrolled in the Indian army through sports quota and was set to leave for training.Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, who is in Rajasthan, has been informed and he has expressed his grief on the incident.”He was alive when he was taken to Safdarjung but was brain dead and doctors couldn’t revive him. After initial treatment, he was taken to hospital half an hour later. He was in emergency,” another SAI official said.He added, “His room mate and all the trainees and staff at JLN stadium were completely surprised by his act as the entire day he trained and showed no signs of depression.”Nobody knows the reason why he took such a step. All top SAI officials are in Safdarjung just to ensure the postmortem is done at the earliest and body is handed over to his family at the earliest. It is now a police case and they will investigate into it.(With inputs from Chirag Gothi and PTI)Note: In the earlier version of the story, the name of the athlete was carried as Parvinder Chaudhary. The Delhi Police has now clarified that his name was Palender Chaudhary. The name has now been rectified in the story.advertisement#Delhi: According to Delhi Police, the name of the 18-year-old sprinter who allegedly committed suicide at JL Nehru Stadium yesterday, is Palender Chaudhary and not Parvinder Chaudhary, as earlier told by the Sports Authority of India. https://t.co/rROGgOM0llANI (@ANI) November 14, 2018Also watch –last_img

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