Protesting Wrestlers have decided to temporarily halt their protest for a week till June 15, responding to the government’s request to await the completion of the police investigation into sexual harassment allegations against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. The wrestlers’ decision came after a meeting between wrestlers Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Sports Minister Anurag Thakur, lasting nearly six hours.
Sakshi Malik, after the meeting, said,
“We were told that the police investigation will be complete by June 15. Till then, we have been asked to wait and suspend the protest.”
During the meeting, the government assured the wrestlers that the police would withdraw the FIRs filed against them. Punia and Malik made it clear that the protest was ongoing and they had temporarily suspended it until June 15 as per the government’s request.
Sports Minister Anurag Thakur also announced that the long-awaited election of the Wrestling Federation of India would take place by June 30. Additionally, two coaches will be added to the ad-hoc committee overseeing the WFI.
The wrestlers have further demanded the establishment of an Internal Complaints Committee within the federation, headed by a woman, and the removal of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and his family members from WFI. Although the government claims positive progress, the wrestlers remain steadfast in their demand for Singh’s arrest. The Delhi Police has already initiated investigations by recording statements from Singh’s associates and household staff in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda.