|Hopes crushed: Constable Sanjit Kumar Dangi|
The Delhi police have chucked out their lone wrestler of international repute for not following ‘procedure’ before taking part in a global meet in Italy.
Constable Sanjit Kumar Dangi, a Greek-Roman style 96-kg champion, was given marching orders by the Delhi police for not taking departmental permission to participate in the World Beach Wrestling tournament in Italy.
Stopped at the airport
Dangi, who won a gold medal in a wrestling competition held in South Africa and is five times Delhi champion, was at the airport to board a flight to Italy for the tournament slated for May 23, 2007, when FRRO DCP Rajesh Khurana reportedly asked him to show the official permission to take part in the event.
Dangi, who was on leave at the time, was participating in his personal capacity, as the organisers had directly invited him.
As such, Dangi was not representing the Delhi police in the event.
"I was going there with valid documents. However, I did not know that I had to take departmental permission even when going on a personal visit. I have earlier won several medals for my nation as well as for the Delhi police," says Dangi.
“I did not know that I was required to take permission to go abroad even when I was on leave,” Dangi says with moist eyes.
Dangi won the gold at the Johnnie Reitz Big-5 wrestling competition held at Johannesburg. He defeated a South African wrestler in the final round and was congratulated by the then police commissioner K K Paul.
However, Delhi police PRO, Rajan Bhagat said that he had not seen the case papers of Dangi.
“I can’t comment right now, but I am sure there is more to the story as such strict action is taken only in exceptional cases,” Bhagat said.