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International boxer beats up woman weightlifter

Friday, 17 January 2014 - 10:41am IST | Place: GUWAHATI | Agency: DNA

Boxer Dingko Singh, who shot to fame by winning a gold medal at the 13th Asian Games held at Bangkok in 1998, has allegedly assaulted a 17-year-old woman weightlifter in Manipur.

The incident of alleged assault took place on January 13 at the Khuman Lampak sports complex in Imphal. The police have registered a case in connection with the incident.

The victim, Soibam Aranbala, alleged that she was assaulted brutally by the Arjuna awardee for scribbling his name on his car’s dust covered registration plate. She said Dingko claimed the woman weightlifter had written “Oja Dingko with love from …”

But she said she had written only “Oja Dingko” with her index finger.

The ace boxer had allegedly paraded the women players of the Khuman Lampak hostel and asked them to write his name on a piece of paper. Subsequently, he singled out Aranbala claiming that it was she who had scribbled his name on the car registration plate. The victim alleged that she was repeatedly hit with a stick by Dingko after he made her to lie down on the ground.

Dingko was not available for comments.

A Sports Authority of India coach, Dingko has been posted here since December last.

Condemning his act, the family members of Aranbala said they would not send her back to the SAI hostel until Dingko was removed.

Meanwhile, the Mapi Council Manipur, a social organisation, has urged the state government to change the name of a road kept after Dingko after his 1998 success.

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