Wrestlers Protest: There was a clash between the police and the wrestlers who were protesting at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar late on Wednesday night. Some wrestlers have received injuries. After the clash, medal winning wrestlers like Vinesh and Sakshi started crying. Vinesh Phogat broke down in tears after her altercation with Delhi Police. Addressing a press conference late night, Vinesh said, “When we won medals for the country, we never thought that one day we will also have to see this day.” I would say that no player of the country should win a medal for the country.
We will return our medals to the Government of India – Bajrang
Bajrang Punia said that we will return our medals to the Government of India. Boxer Vijender Singh said that now this fight will go on for a long time. Accusing the Delhi Police, top wrestler Vinesh sitting on the dharna said, a drunken policeman misbehaved with us. He told the media, we are fighting for our honor and the result of that fight is that here the policeman pushed us from the chest.
VIDEO | “The area is filled with water and there was no place to sleep, so we thought of bringing the cots…,” says wrestler Vinesh Phogat. pic.twitter.com/TWmqxdImlR
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late night brawl
In fact, several star wrestlers including Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat have been sitting on a dharna for the last several days demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan Singh, president of Wrestling Association of India at Jantar Mantar. He had a fight with the police late at night over the bed. The wrestlers said that the road had become wet due to rain. When they reached the dharna site with the bed, the policemen stopped them. Drunk policemen thrashed and abused. Earlier the wrestlers were saying that the police lathi-charged them.
What did the police say?
Deputy Commissioner of Police Pranav Tayal said, Aam Aadmi Party leader Somnath Bharti reached Jantar Mantar late night with a bed without permission. When we intervened, the supporters of the wrestlers became aggressive and tried to take out the beds from the truck. A minor brawl followed.
DCW Chairperson Swati Maliwal has reached the spot. He said that I have come again to meet the girls (wrestlers) as it is my duty. Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik told us that they were being harassed, and there were police officers who were drunk and misbehaved with them. I am worried about his safety. Why is Delhi Police saving Brij Bhushan? Why is Delhi Police not arresting him?