CHANDIGARH -- Sippy Sidhu, a national level shooter, was murdered and his bullet-riddled body was found in a park, leaving the shooting fraternity shocked.
The body of the 34-year-old shooter was recovered from a park in Sector 27 at around 11 last night. Police sources said that they received a call from a local that a dead body was lying in the park, after which a team rushed to the spot.
The motive behind the murder is not yet known. Sidhu was also a lawyer and a sports promoter, who came from an affluent family. He was proprietor of the ‘Sippy Sidhu Law Firm’ based in the city.
Sippy was a rifle shooter and had won the team gold along with Abhinav Bindra in the Punjab National Games in 2001. He had been on the shooting circuit for more than fifteen years and won medals regularly at various shooting competitions. He was also a joint secretary of the Paralympic Committee of India.
"This is very shocking. He was a young shooter," said National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) secretary Rajiv Bhatia.
"This is very shocking for me, he was very friendly and full of life," said 2002 Commonwealth Games gold medallist Sameer Ambekar.
On hearing the news, London Olympic bronze medallist Gagan Narang immediately left for Chandigarh from Delhi to attend Sidhu’s funeral.