Indian national women’s kabaddi team captain Payel Chowdhury, has been arrested on assault charges in her hometown of Chandannagar in West Bengal.
The 28-year-old was arrested for allegedly assaulting her uncle and aunt on Thursday night in Chandannagar.
Another accused in the case is also reported to have died while trying to flee from the neighbours who came to her uncles’ aid. The suspect had fallen down from the roof and was later declared dead in the hospital.
Payel was part of the national teams which won the gold medal at the South Asian Games in 2019 and the silver at the 2018 Jakarta Asian Games.
She is also the captain of the formidable Indian Railways team, winning seven titles with the team since 2012.
Reports claim that Payel had been involved in a dispute over a property for several years with her uncle Shyamal Chowdhury. It had been alleged villagers who tried to resolve the matter, were also threatened by Payel and her family.
It was reported that on Thursday, Payel allegedly brought three people and started demolishing the common wall between her house and Shyamal’s.
When Shyamal and his wife Mahua Chowdhury tried to stop them, they were said to have been assaulted.
Both of Payel’s parents were also arrested. Her father Payal’s father, Kamal Chaudhary, was a former national footballer. Payel is married to 2010 Commonwealth Games para swimming bronze medallist Prasanta Karmakar.