Four national-level power-lifters have died after being involved in a road accident near the Delhi-Haryana border, while two others were seriously injured.
Saksham had won a gold medal in the junior category in 2016 and one in the senior category in 2017 in the world championships. "So the possibility of drunken driving is there", he added.
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"The auto, according to the official, first hit a divider and then crashed into an electricity pole". The impact of the accident was so brutal that the roof of the vehicle was completely blown off. All the other athletes including Bali were residents of Timarpur in north Delhi.
Police said the presence of empty liquor bottles in the auto suggests drunken driving, even as adverse weather conditions and dense fog, which had made visibility hard, could have also played a part in the mishap.
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The cops rushed to the spot and found that one Maruti Swift met with an accident near a petrol pump while going towards Haryana's Karnal when they were celebrating Rohit's birthday.
Meanwhile, Yadav is undergoing treatment at Max Hospital in Shalimar Bagh and Rohit is being treated at the LNJP Hospital. The victims were celebrating a birthday party and some alcohol bottles were found inside the vehicle, police said. It can not be ruled out that the bad weather conditions or fog led to the accident.
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Police said the players who died in the accident have been identified by their first names as Harish, Tikamchand and Suraj, while the fourth person's identity is not known yet.