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Indian Wrestlers Detained and Charged for Attempted March to New Parliament Building

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India’s protesting wrestlers, including Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Sangeeta Phogat were initially detained and later had FIRs filed against them by the Delhi Police for attempting to march towards the new Parliament building. This incident unfolded on a day filled with tension in the capital, as the police also cleared the protest site at Jantar Mantar.

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Reports indicate that the wrestlers have been charged under various sections of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and the PDPP Act, including 147, 149, 186, 188, 332, 353, and Section 3 of the PDPP Act.

The wrestlers, who lacked permission to approach the newly inaugurated Parliament building by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, faced a confrontation when they were halted by the police. This resulted in an unpleasant scuffle. Opposition leaders and some athletes, including Tokyo Olympics gold medallist Neeraj Chopra, condemned the heavy-handed actions against India’s top athletes as distressing scenes of wrestlers being forcibly restrained by security forces emerged.

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Despite the security cordon, the wrestlers and their supporters breached the barricades as they attempted to march towards the new Parliament building for the planned women’s ‘Mahapanchayat’.

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Photos and Videos circulated, capturing the clash between protesters and police personnel, with female officers forcefully removing women from the protest site.

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The wrestlers, located approximately two kilometres from the parliament building at Jantar Mantar, were determined to proceed with their “Mahila Mahapanchayat” near the new structure. However, the police emphasized that no protesters would be allowed to advance towards the new building, citing the absence of permission for the “Mahila Mahapanchayat.”

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Dependra Pathak, Special CP, Law and Order, said,

“We respect our athletes, but we will not let there be any disturbance in the inauguration (of the new parliament building).”

Wrestler Bajrang Punia said,

“Mahapanchayat will certainly be held today. We’re fighting for our self-respect.They’re inaugurating the new Parliament building today, but murdering democracy in the country.We appeal to the administration to release our people detained by police.”

This development has sparked widespread discussions on the right to protest, law enforcement, and the treatment of athletes in India.


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