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National wrestling champion arrested for murder in Rohtak

13 Jun 2018 | By Gogona Saikia
Wanted criminal, former national-level wrestler, arrested for murder

A former national-level wrestler, who turned into a wanted criminal, was nabbed today in Rohtak in a one-year-old murder case.

Rakesh Mokhriya, who in 2003 won a gold medal in a national championship, carried a reward of Rs. 25,000 on his head.

After the murder of Assan village resident Balbir Singh last June, he had apparently been hiding in Rajasthan, waiting for his gang-leader's release.

In context: Wanted criminal, former national-level wrestler, arrested for murder

13 Jun 2018National wrestling champion arrested for murder in Rohtak

BackgroundRakesh used to represent Haryana in different tournaments

Rakesh, earlier a champion wrestler, used to represent Haryana in national wrestling tournaments.

He also won a bronze at the National Games in 2003.

But two years later, he entered the world of crime when he murdered a Jhajjar resident over a personal rivalry.

He was sent to jail for six years, but even after getting out, he didn't stop his life of crime.

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He ended up committing murder over contract for a liquor-store

MurderHe ended up committing murder over contract for a liquor-store

Last June, Rakesh and others attacked and murdered Balbir Singh after a dispute broke out over the contract of a liquor store.

Two days ago, police arrested another person involved in the case, who gave them information about Rakesh's whereabouts.

Following a tip-off, they rushed to the Jhajjar bypass Monday night and nabbed Rakesh. A country-made 30 bore pistol was seized from him.