December 2, 2023

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India: Minister Anurag Thakur guarantees truthful probe over wrestlers’ protest, guarantees essential motion

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A day after a scuffle broke out between Delhi Police and wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar, New Delhi, India’s Union Minister Anurag Thakur issued a press release saying Delhi Police are conducting a good probe towards accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on allegations of sexual harassment. Thakur mentioned the wrestler’s calls for are being met and urged the grapplers to let the investigation get accomplished.

After resuming protests at Jantar Mantar months after being promised of a good investigation into the matter, wrestlers tried lodging an FIR towards him, which initially was denied by Delhi Police however later relented and filed it on courtroom orders, and now the probe is underway.

Earlier, Bhushan additionally obtained sacked from his place because the President of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), with the Indian Olympic Affiliation (IOA) conducting recent elections to call a brand new president.

“So far as athletes’ calls for are involved, I wish to say we promised to conduct truthful elections, and IOA might be conducting that,” Thakur advised reporters.

Earlier, Supreme Court docket had additionally closed the proceedings on a plea by three feminine wrestlers – who had levelled bodily assault prices towards WFI chief – noting that the FIRs are actually registered, and the seven complainants are supplied with enough safety.

“We promised to kind a committee, and we now have performed that too; FIR was to be lodged, and Delhi Police have performed that as effectively,” Thakur mentioned. “They wished truthful trial, and Delhi Police is on it, too. The Supreme Court docket, too, has introduced its choice.”


Thakur additionally assured the wrestlers that essential motion towards the accused, in accordance with the regulation, might be taken.

“I urge the protesting wrestlers that every one of their calls for are being fulfilled, the courtroom has given its verdict, I request them to permit truthful probe, and Delhi Police will do every thing wanted within the matter as per the legal guidelines,” the Union Minister added.

WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh was accused of sexually harassing seven girls wrestlers and two FIRs have been filed towards him and his shut pal and the federation’s assistant secretary Vinod Tomar.

Medal-winning wrestlers like Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat are at present current on the protest web site, elevating their voice towards Brij Bhushan Singh – and have urged everybody to return out and help them.


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