Varun Kumar: Police collecting evidence against Hockey player Varun Kumar, to approach him to join probe | Hockey News

Feb 7, 2024



New Delhi: Rape allegations against India are being investigated Hockey player Varun Kumar, Bengaluru Police He said that they are in the process of collecting evidence.
Police are examining call detail records, messages and voice notes exchanged between Varun and the alleged victim.
Officials said they would soon request the 28-year-old player to join the investigation.
“We are investigating the matter and collecting necessary evidence. We have not contacted Kumar yet. He is out of Karnataka, so we will contact him soon to join the investigation. We have not sent any team to his place where he is currently training. If he comes then it is fine, otherwise we will have to send our team there.
“We have already started collecting evidence. We are examining the messages, voice notes, call detail records exchanged between the victim and Kumar. We will also contact their mutual friends to record their statements.”
Kumar has been booked by the Bengaluru Police under the stringent POCSO Act after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her multiple times when she was a minor.
The 22-year-old player, in her complaint filed on Monday, said that she came in contact with Kumar through Instagram in 2018 and the player raped her on multiple occasions after promising to marry her when she was 17.
She said when she met Kumar he was training at the Sports Authority of India (SAI) center in Bengaluru.
Kumar, who received the Arjuna Award in 2021, was recently promoted as DSP in Punjab Police.
Based on the complaint received from the woman, we on Monday registered a case against the hockey player under appropriate sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offenses Act and sections 376 (rape) and 420 (fraudulent and dishonestly inducing delivery of property). Have done. Indian Penal Code,” a senior Bengaluru Police official said on Tuesday.
Kumar, who was on the Indian standby list for the Tokyo Olympics, is currently training with the national team in Bhubaneswar for the upcoming FIH Pro League. India has to face Spain in its opening match on 10 February. There was speculation that Kumar, part of the 2022 Commonwealth Games silver medal-winning Indian team, was in the running, but hockey india The rumor was dismissed.
Kumar, who hails from Himachal Pradesh, made his debut for India in 2017.
In the FIR, the woman has alleged that after getting in touch on Instagram, Kumar insisted on meeting her and she agreed after some of his friends convinced her. Eventually both became friends and got into a relationship.
According to the woman, he took her to a hotel in Jayanagar, Bengaluru in July 2019 and had physical relations with her despite knowing that she was a minor at that time. She said she protested but he promised to take their relationship a step further and marry her later.
“She accused him of having physical relations with her several times during their five-year-long relationship under the pretext of marriage,” the FIR said. The woman alleged that after her father's death last year, he started distancing himself from her and stopped responding to her calls and messages.
According to the FIR, Kumar went to meet him to express his condolences but after that he stopped talking. She said that when she had last tried to contact the police, Kumar had resumed conversations with her. However, when she insisted on marriage he distanced himself again. After this he threatened that if she put pressure on him, he would upload her pictures on social media.
(With inputs from PTI)



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