Commonwealth Games 2018 gold medallist Punam Yadav attacked with bricks and stones in Varanasi

Varanasi: Weightlifter Punam Yadav, who won India a gold medal at the 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, was attacked with bricks and stones by unidentified assailants on Saturday when she was visiting a relative, police said.

 Commonwealth Games 2018 gold medallist Punam Yadav attacked with bricks and stones in Varanasi

Punam Yadav won gold at the Commonwealth Games 2018. AP

When her father, uncle and cousin tried to intervene they too were thrashed. Amid heavy stone pelting and ruckus, the police team escorting her managed to save her and bring her out of the melee.

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

The attack, according to police, emanated from an old land dispute between a relative of the sportsperson and a neighbouring village head. When Punam tried to intervene, she too was attacked after which she dialled UP 100 service and managed to escape.

A police force has been deployed to ensure that there was no escalation of hostilities.

Punam won the gold for India in the 69 kg category by lifting 100 kg in the snatch and 122 kg in clean and jerk.

Updated Date: Apr 15, 2018 10:45:09 IST



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