Tokyo 2020 hockey bronze medalist Birendra Lakra charged with murder in housemate’s death

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Former Indian hockey star Birendra Lakra finds herself in deep trouble after being charged with the murder of her best friend. According to a Odisha TV reports that a man has accused the Tokyo 2020 Olympics bronze medalist of killing his son Anand Tappo with the help of his girlfriend. Lakra announced his retirement from the Indian national team in September last year and is currently the DSP of Odisha Police.

Birendra Lakra Murder Case Details

According to the report, a complaint was filed by the father of the deceased, Bandhana Tappo, at the Infocity police station. The report says Birendra Lakra, his girlfriend Manjit Tete and Anand were living together in an apartment below the Infocity police boundary. They had an argument over Manjit after which Lakra and Manjit killed Anand on February 28.

The late father in his statement said: “It would be difficult for a father to bear the death of his newly married son. After an argument, Birendra and Manjit tied Anand’s hands before strangling him to death in the apartment and calling it a suicide.”
He added, “Anand returned to Bhubaneswar after getting married. The trio (Birendra, Anand and Manjit) led a happy life. On February 28, Birendra called me to tell me that Anand had committed suicide. When our family members arrived there, Birendra showed her ignorance about it. From the prima facie evidence, it was clear that Anand had been murdered. Feeling Birendra’s hand behind Anand’s death, we went to file a complaint with the Infocity police. However, the police did not receive our complaint. Even after four months, the police failed to find out the exact cause of Anand’s death. “If Anand had committed suicide, the police would have established the reason for Anand’s suicide. The police should clarify the reason for the delay in the investigation,”

Birendra Lakra News: A look back at his glorious hockey career

Talking about Birendra Lakra’s hockey career, he played for India in over 200 games with a bronze medal at Tokyo 2020 definitely being the highlight of his illustrious career. The defender was named the team’s co-vice-captain alongside Harmanpreet Singh at the event and returned with a medal after 41 years. Apart from the bronze medal at the Olympics, Lakra won a silver medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games as well as gold and bronze medals at the Asian Games. Another major success Birendra Lakra achieved with the national team was at the 2018 Men’s Champions Trophy where India finished second losing the gold medal game to Australia.

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