Ex-Wrestling Coach Sentenced to Death For Killing 6 People in Haryana

Chandigarh: A Rohtak court on Friday sentenced a former wrestling coach Sukhvinder to death for killing six people, including a four-year-old boy, in February 2021.

Additional District and Sessions Judge of Rohtak, Gagan Geet Kaur also imposed a fine of Rs 1.26 lakh on Sukhvinder. The former wrestling coach was convicted under IPC sections 302 (murder), 307 (attempt to murder), 342 (wrongful confinement) and 201 (causing disappearance of evidence) and the Arms Act.

On February 12, 2021, Sukhvinder shot dead Manoj Malik, his wife Sakshi Malik and their son Sartaj, wrestling coaches Satish Kumar and Pardeep Malik and wrestler Pooja. Another person, Amarjeet, was injured during this shoot out at a wrestling venue in Rohtak.

Sukhvinder committed the crime when his services were terminated due to multiple complaints against him.

“This case falls in the category of the rarest of rare. In such circumstances, this court has no alternative except to switch over to the death penalty instead of life imprisonment,” the court said in its order.

The death sentence would not be executed till the Punjab and Haryana High Court confirms the death penalty.

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