Wrestlers protest updates: More police deployed, barricades put up after late night scuffle between protesting wrestlers, personnel

Adequate security measures have been implemented around Jantar Mantar in Delhi following an alleged brawl between a group of protesting wrestlers and police officers at the protest site on Wednesday night.

According to sources, a heavy police force has been deployed at the spot and the entire area has been barricaded.

Let’s look at some updates in the case

‘If you want, you can kill us, can’t tolerate insult’: Vinesh Phogat

Shocked and appalled by the Delhi Police’s rude behavior towards the protesting wrestlers late on Wednesday evening, Vinesh Phogat said they are not criminals and do not deserve such humiliation.

The wrestlers have been on a sit-in since April 23, demanding the arrest of WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, alleging that he sexually assaulted seven female wrestlers, including a minor.

Medical examination against claim of ‘drunken’ allegation

DCP Tayal further said that the wrestlers have been asked to lodge a complaint and a medical checkup will be conducted of the policeman who was accused of being “drunk”.

The DCP said, “We have told the wrestlers to report their grievances and will take appropriate action…The medical checkup of the policeman against whom they have leveled the allegations is being done…”

The wrestlers alleged that after a day’s rain, they were manhandled by drunken Delhi Police personnel when they wanted to bring mattresses for sleeping at night.

Delhi Police’s version on the scuffle

The Delhi Police said on Thursday that supporters of wrestlers turned aggressive after they were stopped from taking folding beds at the protest venue, which they were not allowed, leading to chaos.

“Folding beds were brought to the protest site at Jantar Mantar. Since there was no permission, we did not allow it, so some supporters of the protesting wrestlers tried to remove beds from the truck and this led to a brawl,” said DCP Pranav Tayal.

MP Deepender Hooda in custody, Swati Maliwal ‘arrested’

Police took Rajya Sabha MP Deepender Hooda into custody, while Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chairperson Swati Maliwal was arrested after she reached the spot to support the wrestlers. Around 15 other people in a bus have also been detained.

Some people were raising slogans of ‘jai jawan jai kisan’ and ‘Bharat Mata ki jai’.AAP Minister Saurabh Bhardwaj Also Reached Spot

AAP minister Saurabh Bhardwaj was also among those who reached the site to extend their support to the country’s top wrestlers, including Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and Vinesh Phogat, who have been protesting here since April 23 against the wrestling chief . Federation of India (WFI) and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Uttar Pradesh Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has been accused of sexual harassment.

late night scuffle between wrestler and police

A scuffle allegedly broke out between the protesting wrestlers and some policemen at Jantar Mantar here, resulting in head injuries to some of the protesters.

The wrestlers allege that the policemen manhandled them.

Four people, including Congress leader Deepender Hooda and Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti, have been detained following the incident, police said.

Aam Aadmi Party decides to provide cots to protesting wrestlers

In view of the unusual rains in the capital, the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will provide cots to the wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar demanding the arrest of the wrestling federation chief.

Rain lashed the national capital on Wednesday, causing water-logging in low-lying areas and vehicular movement on major roads.

Video shows protesters accusing police of assault

In a video circulating on social media platforms, some of the protesters can be heard accusing the police personnel of attacking two wrestlers under the influence of alcohol. In the video, the accused policeman is seen sitting, while the protesters allege that his companions remained mute spectators.

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