Police Cleared Mahila Maha Panchayat Protest At Jantar Mantar And Detained Protesting Wrestlers

Jantar Mantar Protest Wrestlers Detainedvia

On Sunday, Delhi Police detained a group of protesting wrestlers, including Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia, when they attempted to enter the newly completed Parliament building via a police barrier. The wrestlers were supposed to compete in a women’s Mahapanchayat that day when the tragedy occurred.


What Are The Protests About?

Delhi Police Detain Wrestlers

The current protests by eminent Indian wrestlers, which include two Olympic medalists and a world champion, are in response to allegations of sexual harassment against female wrestlers. These reported incidences occurred during the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) presidency by BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The accused person has categorically denied all allegations made against him. He has described the ongoing protests as a plot to remove him from his post in Parliament.

In January 2023, the protestors staged a sit-in demonstration at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. They were publicly highlighting the accusations of sexual harassment against Brij Bhushan. Following an assurance from the Central government regarding the formation of a committee to investigate the allegations, the protests were discontinued in January 2023. However, despite the committee’s report being submitted on 5 April 2023, it was not made available to the public. As a result, the protestors resumed their demonstration on 23 April 2023, alleging a lack of action by the authorities.


Why Were The Wrestlers Detained?

Delhi Police Detain Protesting Wrestlers

Wrestlers and police officers participated in shoving and pushing each other at Jantar Mantar. Vinesh Phogat and her cousin sister Sangeeta Phogat attempted to breach the barriers. The chief minister said,

“Democracy lies in tolerance, but autocratic forces thrive on intolerance and quelling of dissent. I demand they be immediately released by the police. I stand by our wrestlers.”

Before Prime Minister Narendra Modi inaugurated the country’s new Parliament building, a senior police official had appealed to the wrestlers, suggesting they avoid engaging in anti-national activities.

According to reports, the wrestlers attempted to enter the Parliament through a police barricade. As a result, they were hustled aboard buses and transferred to various sites in a timely manner. The police officers also evacuated the protest location by removing the wrestlers’ beds, mattresses, fans, and coolers.

Therefore, because the protestors went against “law and order,” they have been detained. It has been ordered to clear the protesting site at Jantar Mantar.

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