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National shooter alleges rape by Arjuna awardee

Pune : A female national-level shooter has filed a complaint against a fellow shooter, who is a Arjuna awardee, for allegedly threatening and intimidating her during the 60th National Shooting Championship Competition held here, police said today.

The woman had earlier this month filed a case of rape in Delhi against the shooter.
On December 4, the victim had alleged that she was raped by the shooter, who was her also her coach, following which an FIR was lodged against him at Chanakyapuri police station in Delhi.

The latest complaint was registered on Friday evening at the Hinjewadi police station here. The female shooter was in the city to participate in the competition where the accused was also competing, police said.

As per the complaint, both shooters confronted each other at the venue and the accused allegedly threatened and intimidated her, a police official said.

“After the incident, the male shooter disappeared from the event and he is not reachable now,” he added.

The female shooter, in her earlier complaint with Chanakyapuri police station, stated that she had known the accused for over two years as they used to practise together.

The woman also had stated that she was training for the national championships at the shooting range of the Sports Authority of India and the accused, who had competed in international events, used to guide her.

The two got involved in a relationship and the shooter promised to marry her, according to the FIR. An FIR was lodged under section 376 and 328 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

The complainant had said that the coach had recently visited her at her residence in Chanakyapuri on her birthday and allegedly offered her a drink which was spiked with sedatives.

She had alleged that she was raped by the accused after she fell unconscious after having the drink.

Later, she stated that she had met him at the shooting range, but he refused to acknowledge that he had promised to marry her and when she protested, he threatened to kill her.

The woman had then approached the police to register a complaint, following which she was sent for a medical examination, which confirmed rape, police added.

PTI