WATCH: What is happening at the wrestlers protest?

Protesting wrestlers detained, police clearing protest site at Jantar Mantar. Here’s what unfolded in Delhi on Sunday, tune in to know more.

Published : May 29, 2023 17:21 IST - 1 MIN READ

A little over one month after they had began protesting at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar demanding the arrest of former WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over allegations of sexual harrassment, India’s top wrestlers including Olympic and World medallists Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sakshi Malik were on Sunday detained by Delhi Police and their protest site cleared.

The wrestlers had been planning to march to the site of New Delhi’s new parliament building and conduct a ‘women’s mahapanchayat’ to coincide with the inauguration of the building by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

The wrestlers left Jantar Mantar – where they had been sitting in protest since April 24 th – but as soon as they crossed protective barricades placed around the protest site were detained by the Delhi Police.

With section 144 in place in New Delhi to prevent disruptions to the Parliament innauguration, Delhi Police picked up the wrestlers who’s march only made it until the end of Jantar Mantar road before they were stopped.

Ironically the wrestlers were detained in front of the Ashoka Road residence of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the five-time member of Parliament against whom allegations of sexual harrassment had originally been made.

-Jonathan Selvaraj

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