I’m alive! Wrestler who was reportedly murdered takes to social media to reassure fans after identity mix-up

  • Nisha Dahiya, 23, from India, posted a video to confirm she was ‘absolutely fine’ 
  • She had been reported dead after the murder of a wrestler with the same name
  • Several outlets declared the victim’s namesake dead before she posted a video

A women’s wrestling champion has had to assure fans she is alive and well after being declared the victim of a murder.

Nisha Dahiya, 23, from India, who just days ago won bronze at the Under-23 world championships in Serbia, posted a video on Instagram to announce that she was ‘absolutely fine’.

She had been reported dead in India after the murder of a trainee wrestler with the same name in the northern state of Haryana.

Nisha Dahiya, 23, a wrestling champion from India, assured fans she is alive and well after being declared the victim of a murder

The victim’s brother was also killed, local media reported.

Several outlets had declared the victim’s namesake dead before she posted on Instagram.

‘Obviously everybody is happy to realise that I am alive. I am preparing for the tournament now,’ the former national champion told Press Trust of India.

Haryana has been a traditional powerhouse for India’s top-flight wrestlers – particularly women athletes – but the sport has been plagued by several instances of violence off the mat.

Sushil Kumar, a two-time Olympic medallist from the state, was jailed on charges of kidnapping and murder in May over the death of a young wrestler at a stadium in Delhi.

Another Haryana coach was arrested in February for allegedly shooting dead five people after he was accused of harassment.

Dahiya had been reported dead in India after the murder of a trainee wrestler with the same name in the northern state of Haryana

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