Former chief national pistol coach Mohinder Lal dies aged 72

An Arjuna awardee, Mohinder Lal had competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics.

Mohinder Lal (in picture) was an exceptional pistol shooter of his times. Photo: The Hindu Archives

The former chief national pistol coach and Deputy Inspector General (DIG) of Border Security Force (BSF), Mohinder Lal, died on Saturday. He was 72.

An Arjuna awardee, Mohinder Lal had competed in the 1984 Los Angeles Olympics, and had placed 34th in rapid fire pistol with a score of 577.

He was seventh in standard pistol in the Asian Games in Beijing in 1990. He was also quite strong in centre-fire pistol.

Able administrator

He was an able administrator and had helped in the fine conduct of the National championships in Indore. The cremation took place in Dwarka in the national capital on Sunday afternoon.

The National Rifle Association of India (NRAI) and the shooting fraternity condoled his death, describing him as a “fine gentleman” and an exceptional pistol shooter of his times.