In the aftermath of the late-night scuffle between Delhi police and protesting wrestlers in Jantar Mantar in the national capital, a blame game broke out between the two parties, which also led to a political squabble and threats by the wrestlers to return their medals and awards including the Padma. Buy to the government.

As protests entered Jantar Mantar on the 13th, Congress slammed the BJP government saying it was unfair to the players who brought the country’s glories and demanded a court-supervised investigation.

“The kind of injustice the wrestlers were subjected to last night, I as a player stand in solidarity with them and hope justice is served,” Congress leader and star boxer Vijender Singh told a press conference at the party’s headquarters.

“If wrestlers like Finch Phogat and Sakshi Malik had to face such a situation, we can imagine what kind of situation the general public would have to face,” he said.

WFI President vs. Wrestlers Latest Updates

▶Meanwhile, the Supreme Court has closed proceedings on a petition filed by female wrestlers accusing Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) President Brij Bhushan Charan Singh of sexual harassment, stating that Delhi Police had filed FIRs against him and that the seven complainants including the minor were provided with adequate security.

▶ The Attorney General Tushar Mehta also informed the court that the statements of five complainants, including a minor, were registered under Section 161 of the Code of Criminal Procedure.

▶ The protesting wrestlers made a brave face after the Supreme Court’s decision and said that it was not a setback for them and they will continue their agitation until the arrest of BJP MP Brij Bhushan.

▶ Meanwhile, the Delhi Police denied the wrestlers’ allegations that its personnel were drunk and used force against them on Wednesday night.

▶ New Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Pranav Tayal said five police personnel, including two women, were injured.

On the other hand, the wrestlers alleged that they were beaten by the police and that two of them sustained head injuries.

Supporting the wrestlers’ stance, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) accused the Delhi Police of spreading lies. Police work in Delhi is directly under the administrative control of the Centre.

Delhi Commission for Women Chairman Swati Maliwal also met the protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar.

▶ The police have intensified security measures at the protest site by deploying additional forces, installing surveillance cameras, setting up several barriers, and maintaining strict vigil at border points in the national capital to prevent farmers from entering.

A group of farmers coming to Delhi to express solidarity with the wrestlers was stopped by city police at the Singu border, and officials said 24 were arrested.

▶ DCP Tayal said enough female officers were on duty on Wednesday evening.

“The police personnel did not use force against the demonstrators. Regarding the injury of one of the demonstrators, he left the hospital against medical advice and has not yet submitted a statement to the police,” the public security director tweeted from his official fist.

– He also said that during the medical examination, none of the police personnel were found to be drunk.

Around 11pm on Wednesday, a fight broke out when the wrestlers were bringing in folding beds to sleep in and the police on duty began inquiring about their actions as the rules do not allow such items to be brought to the protest site.

Fenech Phogat and Sakshi Malik claimed they were abused and pushed around by male police officers, which left them in tears.

“If this is how wrestlers are going to be treated, what are we going to do with the medals? Instead we are going to live an ordinary life and return all the medals and awards to the Indian government,” Bajrang Punia, an Olympic bronze medalist, told reporters. .

▶ Vinesh, Sakshi, and Bajrang are all winners of the Stingray Ratna, the country’s highest sporting honor. Sakshi (2017) and Bajrang (2019) have also been awarded the Padma Shri, the country’s fourth highest civilian honour.

The wrestlers have been sit-in at Jantar Mantar since 23rd April demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan as well as his expulsion from the WFI website.

▶ The opposition attacked the Bharatiya Janata Party and called the fight “shameful”, and Congress demanded a court-supervised investigation into the whole incident.

▶ Former Congress President Rahul Gandhi, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, and her Tamil Nadu and Delhi counterparts MK Stalin and Arvind Kejriwal respectively attack the BJP as they express concern over the plight of female wrestlers.

▶ Rahul Gandhi has condemned the alleged manual treatment of female wrestlers. “Such behavior with the country’s players is disgraceful,” he said in a tweet.

▶ Congress General Secretary Priyanka Gandhi Vadra tagged a video of wrestlers falling apart and said it was sad to see the tears of female athletes who brought glories to the country with hard work and dedication.

In a tweet, Banerjee wrote, “To insult the honor of our daughters in this way is absolutely disgraceful. India stands by its daughters, and I as a human being definitely stand by our wrestlers.”

Stalin claimed that, contrary to the prime minister’s “false promises” on women’s empowerment, the BJP was “protecting” the accused.

▶ While Congress urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to sack Brij Bhushan, BJP leader and union minister Meenakashi Lekhi said the credibility of the wrestlers’ protest had eroded after “discredited” politicians joined the movement.

Lakhi said in a press conference that the center deals with the issue of wrestlers “very sensitively” and indicated that the matter is before the court.

▶ A large number of people from different walks of life including Delhi University students reached Jantar Mantar and expressed their solidarity with the wrestlers.

▶ They raised slogans like “Nari Shakti Zindabad”, “Pahalwan Ekta Zindabad”, “Jo Homsi Takarayga, Khor Chor Hogaiga”.

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