No FIR Filed Yet Despite Seven Wrestlers’ Attempts to Lodge Complaint, Grapplers to Restart Dharna

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Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia (Twitter)

Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia (Twitter)

Protesting wrestlers said that as many as seven women grapplers, including a minor, have tried to lodge a complaint but the police officers refused to file an FIR. They further shared that they had been receiving threats from several quarters too

Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and other top wrestlers in the country have reached Jantar Mantar to protest against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh yet again.

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A protesting wrestler said that as many as seven women grapplers including a minor have tried to lodge a complaint at Parliament Street Thana but the police officers refused to file an FIR.

“We are getting threats from several quarters and after waiting for more than two months, we tried to file a complaint at Thana but police officers shooed us away,” said the grappler.

“We don’t know what is happening here. We will start our protest again and sit on dharna at Jantar Mantar till our demands are met,” the wrestler elaborated.

Olympic bronze medallist Bajrag said “We have just one issue. The reason for the protest is that nothing has been done so far.”

“We are here to save wrestling. We will sit at 4 pm and talk,” the 29-year-old added. 

IANS had last month stated that the protesting wrestlers can re-start their agitation against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Sources stated that the grapplers felt “cheated” and could resume their protest till Brij Bhushan is sacked.

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Notably, an Oversight Committee under the chairmanship of legendary boxer MC Mary Kom is still looking into allegations levelled by the wrestlers against WFI, its president and coaching staff of mental and sexual harassment, earlier this year.

The Committee is also looking after the day-to-day functioning of the federation as Brij Bhushan was asked by the Sports Ministry to not interfere.

Earlier, CWG gold medallist Vinesh Phogat had said that multiple calls made by her were ignored by the oversight committee and that the protesting grapplers had no other option but to move court pertaining to the sensitive issue at hand.

Phogat also said that she also tried to reach Sports Minister Anurag Thakur to discuss the same, but there was no response from him either.

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