Wrestlers Protest turns UGLY; Police detain Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat
Wrestlers Protest turned ugly today as Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia were detained by Delhi Police after the protesting wrestlers…
Wrestlers Protest turned ugly today as Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia were detained by Delhi Police after the protesting wrestlers tried to breach the security cordon and march towards the new Parliament building, which was inaugurated earlier today. Protesting wrestlers had earlier announced their plans to march to India Gate, where a women’s Mahapanchayat was planned for the day. What ensued were chaotic scenes at the Jantar Mantar as wrestlers and police officers shoved and pushed each other. Vinesh Phogat, Sangeeta Phogat, and Sakshi Phogat tried to breach the barricades and were forcefully removed and detained by Delhi Police. Follow Wrestlers vs WFI Live Updates with InsideSport.IN
Wrestlers Protest: ‘India’s daughters in pain’ Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat question new Parliament inauguration
All protesters were detained and forcefully boarded in buses by Police. “They have been detained for violating law and order. We will take legal action after inquiry in due course of time,” said Dependra Pathak, Special CP, Law and Order.
The police officials were also seen clearing the protest site, where the wrestlers had resumed their agitation against the Wresting Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on April 23.
The Delhi Police had beefed up the security at Jantar Mantar following protesting wrestlers’ call for a ‘Mahila Samman Mahapanchayat’.
Thousands of police personnel were deployed and multiple layers of barricades were in place in the Lutyens’ Delhi area on Sunday.
The wrestlers protesting sitting about two kilometres from the Parliament building had said they will go ahead with their ‘Mahapanchayat’ near the new Parliament building at any cost.
However, Police said no protester will be allowed to move towards the new building as permission has not been granted to hold the event and the wrestlers should not be involved in any “anti-national activity”.
The agitating wrestlers, including likes of Olympic medallists Bajranj Punia, Sakshi and Asian Games gold winner Vinesh have been demanding the arrest of outgoing WFI President Brij Bhushan Singh who they have accused of sexually harassing several women grapplers.
The wrestlers had said that use of force by police will not deter them from going ahead with their peaceful march and the Mahapanchayat.
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