Several Indian wrestlers were detained by the Delhi police while protesting against Wrestling Federation of India chief, Brijbhushan Sharan Singh

Smrithi Mohan
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The march was part of these Indian wrestlers' protest after allegations of sexual assault were filed against federation chief, Brijbhushan Sharan Singh.

Indian wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and others, were detained by Delhi police on Sunday for protesting and marching towards the new Parliament. The march was part of their protest after allegations of sexual assault were filed against federation chief Brijbhushan Sharan Singh. Despite all the allegations raised, the athletes have been protesting for the lack of action taken against Singh. Delhi police who registered an FIR against these Indian wrestlers who were protesting said that the protest would have compromised the security of the new Parliament.

The protesters which included over 700 people, were attempting to march towards the new Parliament building that had a Mahila Samman Mahapanchayat scheduled. The police, that claim to have detained the protesters at Jantar Mantar, dragged and lifted the wrestlers off the road before putting them in the police van. The officers mentioned how they warned the protesters from crossing the security barricade informing them of how it might hurt the 'pride and national prestige'.

These wrestlers are being charged under IPC sections 147 (rioting), 149 (unlawful assembly), 186 (obstructing public servant in duty), 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 332 (voluntarily causing hurt to deter public servant from his duty), 353 (assault to deter public servant from discharge of his duty) and section 3 of Prevention of Damage to Public Property Act at Parliament Street police station according to the FIR filed.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had demanded an “immediate arrest”, which directed the police to register a case against Singh, an MP who is a part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s ruling party. Singh who is accused of harassing several female athletes while leading the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) has denied all allegations that have been made against him.

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