Varanasi: Weightlifter Poonam Yadav, who won India a gold medal in the ongoing Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast, was attacked with bricks and stones by unidentified assailants on Saturday when she was visiting a relative, police said.
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 as soon as the news of the incident reached them, extra police force was sent to secure Poonam and added that the people behind the attack would not be spared.
According to police, the attack emanated from an old land dispute between a relative of Ms. Yadav and a neighbouring village head. When Ms. Yadav tried to intervene, she too was attacked after which she dialed UP 100 service and managed to escape.
Police force has been deployed to ensure that there was no escalation of hostilities.