Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Thursday (June 1) mentioned the Centre was sensitively dealing with the problem of protesting wrestlers, who’re searching for the arrest of outgoing WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over sexual harassment allegations.
Mr. Thakur, who’s on a go to to Mumbai, informed reporters that the federal government has accepted the wrestlers’ demand for a committee to probe their allegations and an investigation was underway.
Several Olympic and World Championships medal-winning wrestlers, together with Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia and Sangeeta Phogat, have been protesting in New Delhi demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India’s (WFI) outgoing chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for allegedly sexually harassing a number of girls grapplers, together with a minor. The wrestlers not too long ago threatened to immerse their medals within the river Ganga.
“The government is handling the issue of protesting wrestlers sensitively. The wrestlers asked for an FIR which has been filed by the Delhi police. A committee of administrators has been set up by the Wrestling Federation of India as they demanded that its office-bearers shouldn’t be allowed to function,” Mr. Thakur mentioned.
The Supreme Court has requested the wrestlers to strategy the Justice of the Peace courtroom, he mentioned.
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On Wednesday, Mr. Thakur requested the protesting wrestlers to not take any step that might undermine sports activities or damage gamers, and mentioned acceptable motion will likely be taken as soon as the probe into their allegations is accomplished. He additionally urged the wrestlers to be affected person and think about the apex courtroom.
Several political events have stepped up assaults on the federal government over the problem.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday joined a protest in Kolkata towards the alleged manhandling of wrestlers at New Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Sunday.
The Congress additionally lashed out at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, asking why he didn’t attraction to the protesting wrestlers to not throw their medals within the Ganga.
The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has mentioned the way in which protesting Indian wrestlers had been handled by the Delhi police over the weekend was “very disturbing” and that allegations by the wrestlers ought to be adopted up on by an unbiased, prison investigation.