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Wrestlers protest: Centre has asked us to wait till June 15, says Sakshi Malik after meeting Anurag Thakur

During the five-hour-long meeting, protesting wrestlers were reportedly presented a written proposal by Sports Minister Anurag Thakur. However, it was unclear whether their prime demand to remove WFI chief will be met or not.

Nitin Kumar Edited By: Nitin Kumar New Delhi Updated on: June 07, 2023 18:17 IST
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Image Source : PTI Wrestlers protest: 'Willing to have a discussion,' says Sports Minister Anurag Thakur

In what could be seen as a truce between the agitating wrestlers and the Centre, Olympians have been asked to wait till June 15 to see any concrete action against the WFI chief Brij Bhushan Singh. Wrestler Bajrang Punia. During the five-hour-long meeting at Sports Minister Anurag Thakur's residence in New Delhi on Wednesday, the protesting lawyers were reportedly presented a written proposal, however, there was no word over whether the WFI chief will be removed from his post. 

"We had a discussion on some issues. Police investigation should be completed by 15th June and the minister has requested us not to hold protests until then. He also said the security of female wrestlers will be taken care of. We have requested that all FIRs against wrestlers should be taken back and he has agreed to it," says wrestler Bajrang Puina.

After meeting Home Minister Amit Shah earlier this week, the government invited wrestlers protesting against Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh to discuss their concerns.

In a tweet posted after 12PM Tuesday, Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said the government was "willing to have a discussion with the wrestlers on their issues". He stated, "I have once again invited the wrestlers for the same."

"We will discuss the proposal given by the government with our seniors and supporters. Only when everyone gives their consent that the proposal is fine,  then will we agree. It won't happen that we will agree to anything that the government says and end our protest. No time fixed for the meeting yet," said Wrestler Sakshi Malik in a telephonic interview with ANI on Union sports minister Anurag Thakur inviting protesting wrestlers for talks.

"It's very good that the sleeping government has finally woken up. We also want a resolution to the issue," said Dronacharya awardee and wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat on government inviting wrestlers protesting against WFI President Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for talks.

Earlier on Tuesday, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said a fair investigation would be conducted into the allegations of sexual harassment leveled by women wrestlers against Wrestling Federation of India chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Thakur was in Madhya Pradesh's Gwalior to participate in the convocation of the Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education.

Asked about the ongoing protest by the wrestlers who are seeking Singh's arrest, the minister said he had already stated that sports and sportspersons were a priority for the government.

"The government has already formed a committee (to probe the allegations against Singh). The police are investigating the matter by registering an FIR. A charge sheet will also be filed, and a fair investigation will be done," the Union minister said.

The wrestlers have been demanding the arrest of BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and have been agitating against him.

A few female grapplers have blamed him for sexually harassing them, charges he has denied.

According to officials, earlier in the investigation, the Delhi Police recorded the statements of Singh's associates and employees at his Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, residence.

In addition, they stated that a minor complainant, whose statement served as the foundation for a case brought against Singh under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, has filed a new statement in accordance with section 164 of the Code of Criminal Procedure (CrPC).

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