December 3, 2023

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WATCH | Delhi: Three detained after ‘minor altercation’ between police, protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar

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A late-night scuffle broke out between protesting wrestlers and the police within the Indian capital metropolis, Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Wednesday (Might 3). In response to media stories, the alleged incident additionally triggered some protesters to maintain head accidents.

Three folks together with Aam Aadmi Occasion (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti had been detained after the incident, mentioned the Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) Pranav Tayal. In response to the DCP, a gaggle of protesters led by an AAP chief reached the protest web site with out due permission on Wednesday night.

The protesters “got here to the protest web site together with folding beds with out permission. After we intervened, the supporters grew to become aggressive and tried to get the beds out of the truck,” mentioned Tayal, as quoted by ANI. He added, “Subsequently, a minor altercation happened and Somnath Bharti together with 2 others had been detained.”

This comes as prime wrestlers like Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and others, have been protesting in opposition to the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI)’s chief Brij Bhushan Singh after seven feminine wrestlers, together with a minor, have complained in opposition to Singh for alleged sexual harassment and referred to as for his arrest.

The wrestlers have been staging a sit-in at Jantar Mantar since April 23 following the allegations and demanded felony motion in opposition to Bhushan. The Delhi Police has since filed two FIRs in opposition to the WFI president, on Friday on the allegations. 

In a video being circulated on social media platforms, a number of the protesters might be heard accusing police personnel of attacking two wrestlers drunk, reported information company PTI. 

After the incident, wrestler Bajrang Punia advised ANI, “We’re in want of the assist of the entire nation, everybody should come to Delhi. Police utilizing power in opposition to us, abusing ladies and doing nothing in opposition to Brijbhushan.”

One other senior police officer mentioned, “There have been just a few males who tried bringing cots to the protest web site. When the policemen deployed on the spot requested them concerning the cots, they bought aggressive and the protesters joined them,” reported PTI. 

The officer additionally mentioned, “They wrongfully restrained a policeman and accused him of being drunk, which was not the case. Police personnel are on the web site and the state of affairs is now below management. No protester was crushed up.” 

In the meantime, former wrestler Rajveer advised PTI, “The mattresses bought moist as a consequence of rain, so we had been bringing folding beds for sleeping, however the police didn’t permit that. Drunk policeman Dharemendra abused Vinesh Phogat and bought concerned in a scuffle with us.”

“They began hitting us. Bajrang Punia’s brother-in-law Dushyant and Rahul suffered head accidents. The police didn’t even let docs attain the positioning. Even the ladies constables had been misbehaving with us,” he mentioned.

Punia’s spouse Sangeeta, who claims that she was pushed round by policemen, has additionally referred to as for farmers and their leaders to assemble on the protest web site on Thursday morning.

The protests come after three months in the past, distinguished wrestlers got here ahead with sexual assault allegations in opposition to the WFI chief. Union Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports activities has since introduced the formation of an oversight committee to probe the allegations levelled in opposition to WFI and different coaches. 

(With inputs from businesses)


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