A former national-level boxer and Asian Games medallist Lakha Singh now works as a driver in Punjab's Ludhiana to make ends meet.
Speaking to ANI, Singh, who is also an ex-Army man, sought help from the government and the Army.
"I won numerous medals at the national- and international-level. But I was tricked and taken away at the Texas Airport during a championship by someone and was declared absconder by the Army. I request for help from the Government and the Army. It was a little and unintentional fault," he told ANI.
Singh had joined the Indian Army as a jawan during the anti-Sikh riots.
In the year 1998, Singh was scheduled to take part in the World Military Boxing Championship, but he slipped out of the Texas Airport, following which he was declared absconder by the Army.