4 powerlifters killed in Delhi road crash

4 powerlifters killed, world champion Saksham Yadav injured in Delhi car crash

"This morning six athletes were going from Delhi to Panipat in their vehicle, carrying their powerlifting kits, when they met with the accident at Alipur village, near Singhu border between Delhi and Haryana", a police official said.

Yadav had won gold in the push-pull raw powerlifting competition in the juniors 82.5kg category at the World Grand Prix held by the Global Powerlifting Alliance and the International Powerlifting Organisation in Slovakia past year.

Police are also probing the angle of drunken driving.

Four players died while Yadav and another weightlifter were seriously injured.

A senior police officer said the speed of the vehicle was very high, adding there were some bottles around and the possibility of drink driving can not be ruled out. Due to the impact of the crash, the car's roof was shattered. All of them were residents of north Delhi's Timarpur.




The cops rushed to the spot and found that one Maruti Swift met with an accident near a petrol pump while going towards Haryana's Karnal when they were celebrating Rohit's birthday.

"Hearing the loud sound after the crash, locals near the accident spot rushed to the site and tried to pull out the six men from the severely-damaged auto".

All the six athletes were taken to the Raja Harish Chandra hospital by a PCR team where four of them were declared dead on arrival. Saksham was shifted to Max Hospital while Rohit who had his birthday on Saturday was shifted to LNJP Hospital. However, it is yet to be fully established. "A case has been registered at the Alipur police station", Gupta said, adding that the family members were informed and the bodies have been sent for post-mortem.

Police said the players who died in the accident have been identified by their first names as Harish, Tikamchand and Suraj, while the fourth person's identity is not known yet.

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