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Wrestlers' protest HIGHLIGHTS: We have all options, will decide future course of action soon: protesters

Wrestlers protest: The wrestlers have been staging a sit-in at Jantar Mantar since April 23. They have levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who is also a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Uttar Pradesh.

Reported By : Sanjay Sah, Shrutika Edited By : Sheenu Sharma, Arushi Jaiswal
New Delhi
Updated on: May 04, 2023 23:44 IST
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Image Source : PTI. Delhi Commission for Women Chairperson Swati Maliwal speaks with media as wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Sangeeta Phogat look on during wrestlers protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi.

Wrestlers' protest LIVE UPDATES: The Delhi Police today (May 4) morning made a heavy deployment of security personnel at Jantar Mantar where a scuffle broke out between the protesting wrestlers and some police personnel, leading to head injuries to a couple of protesters. Multiple layers of barricades have been put up around the protest site and no one is being allowed in. It comes after wrestlers called for farmers and their leaders to assemble at the protest site on Thursday. Police also checked vehicles at city border points to stop a large gathering at Jantar Mantar. A scuffle had allegedly broken out between the protesting wrestlers and some police personnel at the Jantar Mantar, leading to head injuries to a couple of protesters. The wrestlers have alleged that they were manhandled by the police personnel. According to protestors, two wrestlers Rahul Yadav and Dushyant Phogat were also injured. Phogat has received head injuries. The wrestlers have been staging a sit-in at Jantar Mantar since April 23. They have levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who is also a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Uttar Pradesh.

Wrestlers protest HIGHLIGHTS

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  • 7:05 PM (IST) Posted by Arushi Jaiswal

    Congress demands court-monitored probe into Jantar Mantar scuffle

    The Congress slammed the BJP-led central government over a scuffle between the Delhi Police and the wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar and demanded a court-monitored investigation into the entire episode. The Congres also demanded that Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Saran Singh be removed immediately and arrested as he faces grave charges of sexual harassment, including that of minor. The party urged Prime Minister Narendra Modi to show "sensitivity" to the protesting grapplers and visit them at Jantar Mantar by stopping his poll campaign.

    Former Congress president Rahul Gandhi condemned the "shameful" behaviour with sportspersons and alleged the ruling party has "never shied away" from committing atrocities on the daughters of the country. "Such behaviour with the sportspersons of the country is shameful. 'Beti Bachao' is just hypocrisy. In fact, the BJP has never shied away from committing atrocities on the daughters of the country," Gandhi said in a tweet in Hindi, while sharing a video of the players accusing the police of beating them up.

  • 5:35 PM (IST) Posted by Arushi Jaiswal

    Delhi Police detain Geeta Phogat, her husband Pawan Saroha

    Delhi Police have detained Geeta Phogat and her husband Pawan Saroha.

  • 3:47 PM (IST) Posted by Arushi Jaiswal

    Protesting wrestlers claim Delhi Police have taken away generator set and mattresses

    The protesting wrestlers on Thursday claimed that Delhi Police have taken away their generator set and the mattresses they had kept for drying, even as heavy police deployment continued near the protest site. The protestors had to make their speeches without microphone as there was no generator set. "Delhi Police have taken away our mattresses which we have kept for drying. They have taken away our generator set," one of the wrestler's said.

    There was heavy police bandobast at the roads leading to the protest site, which could be in anticipation that supporters may try to reach the spot after Bajrang Punia's call on Wednesday night to the farmers and general public to reach Jantar Mantar in support of them.  Around 11 pm on Wednesday, a scuffle broke out with Delhi police personnel when the wrestlers were trying to get extra mattresses and wooden benches to the protest site for their night stay since rain had left old mattresses wet and soggy. The on-duty police personnel began enquiring about the sleeping materials as rules do not permit bringing in such things at the protest site.

  • 2:49 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Home Minister Amit Shah must take cognizance in the related matter: Rajasthan CM Ashok Gehlot

  • 2:25 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Police have detained around 15 people: Delhi Police

    Police have detained around 15 people. Farmers union leader Abhimanyu Kohar was coming from Sonipat to Delhi to support the wrestlers: Delhi Police

  • 2:19 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Accused is revealing identities of victims on TV channels: Wrestlers lawyer

  • 2:02 PM (IST) Posted by Nivedita Dash

    Police have detained around 15 people: Delhi Police

    Police have detained around 15 people...farmers union leader Abhimanyu Kohar was coming from Sonipat to Delhi to support the wrestlers: Delhi Police

     

  • 1:38 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Supreme Court notes the purpose of the petition has been served as FIR has been registered

  • 1:26 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Supreme Court asks agitating wrestlers to approach High Court first

    Supreme Court told agitating female wrestlers to approach either High Court or Magistrate Court in the matter related to sexual harassment. 

    (With inputs from Gonika Arora) 

  • 1:10 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Supreme Court begins hearing in sexual assault matter

    A hearing in Supreme Court is underway in the sexual assault allegations levelled by wrestlers against Brij Bhushan Singh. 

  • 12:48 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Law is one for all, says West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee

  • 12:15 PM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Strongly Condemn the police brutalities on peaceful protests: Sharad Pawar

  • 11:56 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Left students wing protesting at Jantar Mantar in support of wrestlers

    The Left students wing are protesting at Jantar Mantar in support of wrestlers today. 

    (With inputs from Piyush Mishra) 

  • 11:41 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Jaipur: Former Olympian Dr Krishna Poonia attends march in support of protesting wrestlers

  • 11:35 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    'Beti Bachao' initiative is merely 'dhong', says Rahul Gandhi

  • 11:30 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Supreme Court to hear petition today in FIR filed by female wrestlers

    CJI bench will hear the petition today (May 4). 

    (With inputs from Gonika Arora) 

  • 11:25 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    AAP to hold meeting at 12:00 pm

    After a late-night scuffle between wrestlers and Delhi Police at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has called a meeting of its MLAs, councillors and party officials in connection with the matter on Thursday. "AAP Delhi state convenor Gopal Rai has called the meeting at 12.00 noon," an official statement by the party said. Keeping upcoming Haryana Elections in mind, AAP may protest in the state tomorrow at wide scale. Earlier, A scuffle broke out between wrestlers and the Delhi Police during the late night hours on Wednesday in Jantar Mantar.

    (With inputs from Bhaskar Mishra) 

  • 11:14 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    The letter is 'fake' as none of us sent anything to Home Ministry: Vinesh Phogat

  • 11:04 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    VIDEO: What wrestler Bajrang Punia says at Jantar Mantar?

  • 11:00 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    DCPs of all districts have been asked to be on alert: Delhi Police

  • 10:51 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    AAP to hold key meeting after ruckus at Jantar Mantar

    After a late-night scuffle between wrestlers and Delhi Police at Jantar Mantar, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has called a meeting of its MLAs, councillors and party officials in connection with the matter on Thursday."AAP Delhi state convenor Gopal Rai has called the meeting at 12.00 noon," an official statement by the party said. A scuffle broke out between wrestlers and the Delhi Police during the late night hours on Wednesday in Jantar Mantar.

  • 10:47 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    BJP's treatment of wrestlers shameful, arrogant: Arvind Kejriwal

    Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday slammed the BJP over the scuffle at Jantar Mantar between wrestlers and police and called its treatment of national sportspersons shameful and arrogant. Kejriwal in a tweet in Hindi said that arrogance has gone to the head of the BJP and it wanted to run the system through "hooliganism" as he called on people to throw it out of power. A scuffle broke out late Wednesday night between the wrestlers staging a protest at Jantar Mantar and some policemen, leading to a couple of protesters getting injured. Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti and Congress leader Deepender Hooda were among the people who were detained after the incident, according to police. In a video that circulated on social media, some of the protesters were seen accusing a policeman of attacking two wrestlers in a drunken state. According to police, protesters became aggressive after policemen deployed there asked some people about cots being brought by Bharti. Kejriwal sharing a video of Jantar Mantar tweeted "such behaviour with the champion players of the country? This is extremely unfortunate and shameful...". 

  • 10:47 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    We have not stopped anyone from meeting protesting wrestlers: Delhi Police

  • 10:38 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    DCPs of all districts in Delhi asked to remain alert

    DCPs of all districts in Delhi have been asked to be on alert in their districts, especially in the border areas. Special care is to be taken on roads which go towards Central Delhi, barricades have been put up at several places. Police have received some inputs that a large number of people can reach Jantar Mantar where the wrestlers are protesting, Delhi Police said.

  • 10:21 AM (IST) Posted by Shashwat Bhandari

    Delhi Police misbehaved with me, DCW chief Swati Maliwal

    DCW chief Swati Maliwal said, "Delhi Police misbehaved with me, why it's not arresting Brij Bhushan Singh, why pressure is being created on protesting wrestlers, I have come to record their statements, 400 policemen are here, they do not have the courage to arrest WFI chief."

  • 9:55 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Rakesh Tikait demands release of those held by Delhi Police

    Farmer leader Rakesh Tikait today demanded that the Delhi Police release those detained by it from the ongoing wrestlers' protest site at Jantar Mantar. The national spokesperson of the Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) also alleged that those supporting the wrestlers had been taken into custody by the Delhi Police at the behest of the Centre. "The arrest of wrestlers, farmers, journalists and the youth who went to support the wrestlers by the Delhi Police at the behest of the government will start a new revolution in the country. The Delhi Police should immediately release them," Tikait tweeted in Hindi.  The prominent farmer leader had earlier met with the protesting athletes and supported the wrestlers who have been staging a sit-in at Jantar Mantar in the national capital since April 23.

  • 9:55 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Entry points at Jantar Mantar heavily barricaded today

    After late night scuffle the Delhi Police has barricaded all the entry points at Jantar Mantar today morning. 

  • 9:53 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Ruckus at Jantar Mantar: Police say altercation after beds not allowed, wrestlers claim "manhandled"

    After a late-night scuffle between wrestlers and the Delhi Police in Jantar Mantar, the wrestlers claimed that they were manhandled and abused by the police personnel at the protest site.

  • 9:49 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Such behaviour towards our champions is really 'shameful': Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal

  • 9:47 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Rajya Sabha MP Deependra Hooda detained by Delhi Police last night

    On Wednesday late night, police detained Rajya Sabha MP Deependra Hooda and chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Swati Maliwal who had reached the spot to support the wrestlers. They have levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who is also a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Uttar Pradesh. In a video being circulated on social media platforms, some of the protesters can be heard accusing a police personnel of attacking two wrestlers under the influence of alcohol. The accused policeman is seen sitting in the video, while the protesters allege that his colleagues were mute spectators.

     

  • 9:46 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Protesting wrestlers must get justice: Priyanka Gandhi Vadra

  • 9:40 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    DCW chairperson Swati Maliwal visits protesting site today

  • 9:38 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Protesting wrestlers write to Home Ministry on alleged manhandling

    The wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar have written to Union Home Ministry seeking an strict action against officials responsible for the alleged manhandling of grapplers at the protest site on Wednesday night. In the letter, they also sought permission to bring waterproof tents, beds, gym instruments, wrestling mats and sound system at the protest. "We, Olympians and international wrestlers, have been peacefully protesting for the past 11 days regarding our demands at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. At around 11:00 p.m., we were arranging amenities for our night stay when ACP Dharmendra of the Delhi Police attacked us with nearly 100 police personnel. In the attack, Dushyant Phogat and Rahul Yadav suffered head injuries," read the letter. Wrestlers alleged that the ACP hurled abuses at olympian Vinesh Phogat while Sakshi Malik and Sangeeta Phogat was mangandled by the police. "Attacking and disrespecting international wrestlers in this manner is demoralising for the athletes and it undermines their confidence. It is also putting India into bad light. We request you to take immediate action," they asserted.

     

  • 9:37 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Everyone must come to Delhi, urges Wrestler Bajrang Punia

  • 9:33 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    What DCP Pranav Tayal says on scuffle between Wrestlers, Delhi Police?

  • 9:28 AM (IST) Posted by Sheenu Sharma

    Delhi Police made heavy deployment of security personnel at Jantar Mantar today morning

    The Delhi Police today (May 4) morning made a heavy deployment of security personnel at Jantar Mantar where a scuffle broke out between the protesting wrestlers and some police personnel, leading to head injuries to a couple of protesters. Multiple layers of barricades have been put up around the protest site and no one is being allowed in. 

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