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Countdown begins in Wrestlers Vs Brijbhushan controversy: Wrestlers will look for arrest till June 15; Reversal of the statement of the minor brought a new twist in the case

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The government has given time till June 15 to the agitating wrestlers for their 5-point demands, including the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the outgoing president of the Wrestling Federation of India. Now the wrestlers have started the count down for this. Wrestlers will not accept anything less than the arrest of BJP MP Brij Bhushan.

Here, the minor who became the basis of the arrest has changed her statement in the Supreme Court. He has not spoken of exploitation in his statements, but of discrimination. These statements of the minor have raised doubts over the arrest of Brij Bhushan. In such a situation, it depends on the Supreme Court as to which statement of the minor it considers as the basis.

The Supreme Court has the details of the three statements made so far including the copy of the statements given by the minor to the police. This time the minor’s father has clarified that he changed the statement not because of greed, but because of fear. He said that I do not want to say who has threatened.

I have family too. If anything happens to me, my family will be ruined. I am scared. We had the anger of discrimination. Appealed inside the federation but they also did not listen. Some of the applications we gave were true and some were false. I have cleared the right and wrong by going to the court. My whole family is in depression.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and her husband Satyavrat Kadian came to meet Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik and her husband Satyavrat Kadian came to meet Sports Minister Anurag Thakur.

Had a meeting with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur for 6 hours
Earlier on Wednesday, Wrestler Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik had a 6-hour marathon meeting with Sports Minister Anurag Thakur in Delhi on Wednesday. After the meeting, wrestler Sakshi Malik said- “The government has asked for time till June 15 to complete the investigation.”

Till then they have been appealed not to hold any protest. However, the movement of wrestlers is not over yet. Bajrang Punia said that he will discuss the meeting with the Khap representatives. Any decision will be reached only with everyone’s consent. Even on the question of Brij Bhushan’s arrest, the Sports Minister talked about the completion of the investigation and action on its basis.

Elections will be held till June 30, names of 2 coaches proposed
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur said- “There was a positive discussion on a sensitive issue in a good atmosphere. In the meeting, after investigating the allegations, file a charge sheet by June 15, elect WFI by June 30, form an internal complaints committee headed by a woman president in WFI, propose the names of 2 coaches on the Adhoc Committee of IOA till the election of WFI, and In the election of the Federation, an agreement was reached with the players on opinion polling.

Wrestlers had demanded that the outgoing President Brij Bhushan Singh and his relatives should not come after being elected. Women players should get security as per their requirement. There was a demand to withdraw those players, akhadas or coaches against whom there are cases.

What has happened so far in the wrestlers’ dharna?

  • Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik along with Bajrang Punia started a dharna at Jantar Mantar on 18th January. Alleged that the then WFI President Brij Bhushan Singh sexually assaulted women wrestlers.
  • After the controversy escalated on January 21, Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur met the wrestlers and formed a committee, but the report of the committee has not been made public till date.
  • On April 23, the wrestlers again sat on a dharna at Jantar Mantar. He said that the strike will continue till the arrest of Brij Bhushan.
  • On April 28, on the orders of the Supreme Court, in the hearing of the petition of the wrestlers, the Delhi Police registered 2 FIRs against Brij Bhushan for molestation and under the POCSO Act.
  • On the night of 3 May, there was a clash between wrestlers and policemen at Jantar Mantar. Dushyant, brother of wrestlers Rakesh Yadav and Vinesh Phogat, and 5 policemen were injured in the clash.
  • On May 7, a mahapanchayat of Khaps of Haryana, UP, Rajasthan and Punjab took place at Jantar Mantar. In this, a 15-day ultimatum was given to the Central Government for the arrest of Brij Bhushan.
  • Mahapanchayat was again held on 21st May and it was decided to hold candle march at India Gate and Mahila Mahapanchayat on 28th May at the new Parliament House.
  • On May 26, the wrestlers held a press conference and told that on May 28, they would march on foot from the picket site to the new Parliament House.
  • On May 28, when the wrestlers tried to go for the mahapanchayat in front of the new parliament building, the police took them into custody.
  • On May 29, the wrestlers stayed at home all day and decided to go on a fast unto death at the India Gate.
  • On May 30, the wrestlers went to Haridwar Har Ki Pauri to exchange their medals. Where on the persuasion of farmer leader Naresh Tikait, he postponed the decision by giving an ultimatum of 5 days to the government.
  • On May 31, news agency ANI quoted sources as claiming that the Delhi Police did not have evidence to arrest Brij Bhushan. On this, Delhi Police denied it by tweeting and said – investigation is going on. Later Delhi Police deleted its tweet.
  • A mahapanchayat was held in Kurukshetra on 2nd June. In this, an ultimatum was given to arrest Brij Bhushan by 9th June.
  • On June 3, Delhi Police has received 4 witnesses in this case, who have confirmed the allegations against Brij Bhushan. These include one Olympian, Commonwealth Gold Medalist, International Referee and State Level Coach.
  • On June 4, it was learned that the wrestlers had a meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah.
  • On June 5, Vinesh, Sakshi and Bajrang joined the duty in the Railways. Sakshi, however, said that her agitation would continue.
  • On knowing about the meeting with Amit Shah on 6th June, the farmers and khaps postponed their protest at Jantar Mantar on 9th June.
  • On June 7, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia had a meeting with Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur at his residence for 6 hours.

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