International kabaddi player Sandeep Singh Nangal Ambian gunned down in Nakodar village : The Tribune India

Tribune press service

Aparna Banerji

Jalandhar, March 14

Sandeep Singh Nangal Ambian, a 40-year-old prolific international kabaddi player from Shahkot, was shot dead this evening by four armed assailants in the village of Mallian Khurd in Nakodar.

Sandeep Nangal Ambian was one of the biggest organizers of kabaddi tournaments in the region. Picture file

Targeted at meeting

Sandeep, 40, was targeted during a kabaddi tournament in the village of Mallian Khurd. He suffered multiple gunshot wounds to the head and was taken to hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The cold-blooded assassination of one of the region’s biggest kabaddi tournament organizers has shocked the sports community.

Sandeep was targeted during a kabaddi tournament in the village. Friends transferred Sandeep to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead by doctors. He received several bullets in the head.

Sandeep Singh, originally from the village of Nangal Ambian, lived in England and is survived by his wife and two sons, both aged 5.

In a video of the incident that has gone viral, assailants are seen standing in the middle of trees shooting someone. At least seven to eight shots are fired near an open arena where a match was taking place. When the assailants opened fire, the tournament was interrupted midway and people ran for cover. The suspects then fled.

Sandeep, who was chairman of several tournaments, was visiting India to hold kabaddi events and attend weddings.

The former captain of the Indian team in circle-style kabaddi was the president of the Major League Kabaddi Federation and the Shahkot Lions Kabaddi Cup. He was also a Shahkot Lions team player. Friends said he worked to eradicate drugs through sport.

Sandeep was also one of the main organizers of the state sportsmen’s langar for farmers in Singhu, bordering Delhi. He had come specially from England to take part in the farmers’ agitation.

Nakodar Police Station, a police station house officer said Sandeep was shot dead during a tournament by four unidentified people. Police were trying to arrest the suspects, he added.

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