Sangeeta-Vinesh were dragged into the bus by the police, they were traveling towards the new Parliament House

New Delhi: Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia were on Sunday taken into custody by the Delhi Police for violating law and order after they tried to break through the security cordon and proceed towards the new Parliament House for a women ‘mahapanchayat’. This may put an end to the protest by the wrestlers at Jantar Mantar. The wrestlers were forcibly made to sit in buses and sent to an unknown destination. The police then removed the cots, mattresses, coolers, fans and tarpaulin roof along with other belongings of the wrestlers. It seems that the police will no longer allow the wrestlers to come back to the picket site, but no official statement has been made in this context. Has not been issued. The police had warned the wrestlers not to go towards Parliament but they went ahead after which the clash broke out. Top wrestlers had resumed their agitation on April 23 demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Brij Bhushan has been accused of alleged sexual harassment of several female wrestlers, including a minor. Amid chaos at Jantar Mantar, wrestlers and police officers pushed each other and Vinesh Phogat and her sister Sangeeta Phogat tried to break the barricade. Vinesh put up a stiff resistance when he tried to take him into custody and Sangeeta lay down on the road hugging him. Police officers dragged him along with several other wrestlers and their supporters to buses. Dipendra Pathak, Special Commissioner of Police, Law and Order, said, “He has been detained for violating law and order. We will take legal action after investigation.

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“We need to assess the entire situation. As you have seen the barricades have been broken and they have moved forward despite requests and warnings so we have removed them from here. The important thing is that peace will be maintained in all situations. We will take professional steps to ensure that nothing goes wrong. Earlier, Pathak had urged wrestlers not to indulge in anti-national activities on the ‘historic day’ of the inauguration of the new Parliament building.

He said, ‘Today is the inauguration of our new parliament. It is an important day and a proud moment for our country. That’s why any kind of movement or march is anti-national on this day. Either way, Delhi Police will not make any mistake. We respect and love our players but cannot allow any untoward incident. Some policemen also suffered injuries during the scuffle. A woman constable was looking uncomfortable during this time and she was having trouble breathing. The Delhi Police had tightened security at Jantar Mantar after wrestlers called for a ‘Mahila Samman Mahapanchayat’ in front of the new Parliament building on Sunday.

The new building of Parliament House was inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday morning. Vinesh resisted the most and later told the bus that she was being punished for seeking justice. He said, ‘The accused is roaming free, he is being given shelter by the government and we sportspersons who have won medals for the country are now being put in jail for demanding justice for the daughters of the country.’ Ironically, both Bajrang and Vinesh were detained just meters away from Brij Bhushan’s official residence at 21, Ashoka Road. Thousands of policemen were deployed in the Lutyens’ Delhi area and barricades were put up at many places.

The wrestlers, who were protesting about two kilometers away from the Parliament House, had said that they would hold their ‘Mahapanchayat’ near the new Parliament House at any cost. The agitating wrestlers, including Olympic medalist Bajrang Punia, Sakshi and Asian Games gold medalist Vinesh, are demanding the arrest of outgoing WFI president Brij Bhushan, whom they have accused of sexually harassing several women wrestlers. The wrestlers had said that the use of force by the police would not stop them from holding a peaceful march and mahapanchayat. As per the ‘live location’ shared by a supporter of one of the wrestlers, the moving bus was taking them towards the Tikri border. In another video shared by the wrestlers, Sakshi’s husband Satyavrat Kadian and Jitendra Kinha along with several others could be seen raising slogans of ‘Inquilab Zindabad’ as the police were taking them away in a vehicle.
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