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Former Indian shot put medalist charged with murder of wife, mother in the US

New York, Aug 26 (IANS) A former Asian Championships bronze medal winner has allegedly admitted to murdering his wife and mother in Delaware County, Pennsylvania. American media reported that local police were responding to an emergency call in which the 62-year-old Iqbal Singh admitted to the two murders.

According to NBC, Iqbal called the Delaware County 911 center at around 9.45 a.m. on Sunday and claimed that he had killed his wife and mother. When the police arrived at the caller’s address on Rockwood Road in Newtown Township, Pennsylvania, they met Iqbal who had bloodstains on his clothes. He reportedly told the officers that he committed the murders and the bodies were inside the house.

Once inside, the police found the body of an elderly woman in a first-floor bedroom and the body of a second woman in the second-floor bedroom. The police also reportedly said that Iqbal himself was suffering from self-inflicted knife wounds. He was taken to the hospital and on Monday was charged with homicide and other related charges.

A former shot-putter, Singh had won bronze at the 1983 Asian Championships in Kuwait. It was the biggest achievement of his sporting career after which he moved to the US where he reportedly worked as a taxi driver.

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