CWG 2018 Gold Medallist Weightlifter Punam Yadav Attacked In Varanasi

| April 15 , 2018 , 13:48 IST

Weightlifter Punam Yadav, who won a gold medal for India at the on-going Commonwealth Games Gold Coast, Australia was attacked by unidentified assailants in Varanasi on Saturday when she was visiting relatives.

According to reports, Punam was attacked with bricks and stones and when her father, uncle and cousin tried to intervene, they were thrashed as well. Amid the heavy stone pelting, the police team escorting Punam was able to save her and bring her away from the attacks.

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Amit Kumar Superintendent of Police, Rural said that as soon as the news of the incident reached them, extra police force was sent to secure Punam. He added that the people behind the attack will not be spared.

As per police, the attack was connected to an old land dispute between a relative of Punam Yadav and a neighbouring village head. When she attempted to intervene in the issue, she was attacked, after which she dialled UP 100 service and managed to escape from further harm.

After the incident, police force has been deployed so as to ensure that there is not further escalation of hostilities.

On April 8, Punam Yadav had won the gold medal for India in women's 69kg weightlifting category by lifting 100 kg in the snatch and 122 kg in clean and jerk.

India is currently ranked 3rd in medal rankings in the Commonwealth Games 2018, having won overall 26 gold medals, 20 silver medals and 20 bronze medals.