Dronacharya awardee wrestler-turned-coach Sukhchain Singh Cheema was killed in a road accident on Wednesday near Patiala Northern bypass. According to the officials of Dakala police post, the accident took place at around 8 pm on Wednesday when Cheema was returning home from his farmhouse located in Bharni Kalan village. After the accident, the local police initiated inquest proceedings under section 174 of Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC).
A Maruti Alto car crashed Cheema’s Toyota Etios Liva on the way. After the collision, his vehicle fell in a nearby roadside drain. The local police reached the spot an hour after the crash and took the body to Rajindra hospital where they failed to confirm the identity.
The family travelling in the Alto car also sustained minor injuries and one of the victims informed the police about the accident. Cheema’s family contacted the local police at around 5 am and reported him missing after they failed to establish contact with him.
Cheema’s body was identified on Thursday morning. His son Palwinder Singh Cheema, who is posted as DSP (Headquarter), Fatehgarh Sahib, told Chandigarh Newsline that they have not lodged a complaint against anyone. “My father died on the spot after the vehicle hit my father’s car and it fell in a drain,” he said.
Condoling the demise, former union minister Preneet Kaur said that Cheema was a dedicated sportsperson who brought laurels to the country by winning a bronze medal in 1974 Asian Games held in Tehran and afterward earned fame as an excellent coach. She further said that he belongs to a family of illustrious sportsmen. Cheema’s father Rustum-E-Hind Kesar Singh Cheema, who was an Olympian, and son Palwinder Singh Cheema, recipient of the prestigious Arjuna award, also brought accolades to the nation in wrestling at the international level.