Palender Chaudhary, an 18-year-old sprinter who represented India at international level, allegedly committed suicide and was found hanging from a ceiling fan in his hostel room in the athletics academy at Delhi’s Jawaharlal Nehru Stadium. No reason for his death has been established by the police yet.
A friend of the deceased first saw him hanging from his room’s ceiling when he came to meet him on Tuesday and raised the alarm. His coach and a few guards took him to the stadium’s medical centre and from there he was brought to SJ Hospital for treatment yesterday night. Doctors declared him dead on Wednesday morning.
Chaudhary, who was practising and living in the JLN stadium for the last two months, has represented India in 100 and 200-metre race at international level and participated in the Youth Asia Athletic meet in Bankok in 2017.
An official of Sports Authority of India (SAI) told ANI that the young sprinter had an argument with his father the previous morning. “I was told he had an argument on phone with his father in the morning yesterday. Later his sister came to talk to him too. Unfortunately, we could not save him despite our best efforts,” the official said.
Mahesh Pal, Palender’s father, arrived at the hospital from Aligarh this morning. “He told me he needed money. I assured him that I will give him the money. I don’t know what happened later. I’ve no complaints against the people at the stadium,” he told ANI.
The reason of death is being probed. No suicide note was found during the police investigation.