New twist to NIS attack: Dinesh not to file complaint

The mysterious case of pugilist Dinesh Kumar suffering serious head injuries at the national Institute of Sport (NIS) here got a new twist with the boxer deciding against lodging a formal complaint even as the robbery angle appears falling apart.

While some money was missing from Dinesh's wallet, the fact that some US dollars were left untouched and that the alleged attackers had managed to make past three security barriers to reach the hostel have complicated the matter. A Sports Authority of India (SAI) team led by senior official Amar Bhardwaj reached Patiala to investigate, though Dinesh claims to not recall anything.

The Asian Games silver medallist had told the police on Thursday that he would "first investigate the matter himself" before getting his statement recorded. On Friday, he said he did not want to go ahead with any complaints. "I have been told by (fellow boxer) Jai Bhagwan, who was putting up with Vijender, that I came to their room shouting I had been attacked in my room. Jai Bhagwan told me I collapsed and fell unconscious after saying that," Dinesh said. "I do not even remember that I went to their room. I gained consciousness in the hospital in the morning. I do not want to go ahead with lodging any police complaint since I do not know what exactly happened and who attacked me," he added.

More surprising was the fact that though Dinesh fell unconscious and there was a lot of bleeding, he claimed the "injury was not so big and did not require any stitches to be administered." At the same time, he admitted he had not bolted his room. "The room had been closed for few days while I was away and did not smell good. I wanted the fresh air to circulate through it so that the irritating smell may go away," he said.

The three boxers had returned to the NIS from Hisar late in the day after attending the marriage of the daughter of Indian Boxing Federation vice-president Bhupinder Singh.

A Patiala police official, however, claimed the whole robbery theory was difficult to digest. "I fail to understand how someone can muster such a courage to enter the room of a heavyweight boxer," the official said, adding there were at least three major barriers with round-the-clock security that had to be crossed.

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