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Wrestlers to make their Protest Global, Approach Olympians of other Nations for Support

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Indian Wrestlers protesting against former WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh have decided to escalate their agitation on a global level by approaching Olympic medallists and athletes from other countries. The wrestlers, including Olympic medallists Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, and Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat, have been protesting at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi for the last 23 days.

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They are demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan for allegedly sexually harassing women grapplers, including a minor. The protesting wrestlers warned that if their demand is not met by May 21, they will take a “big call”. The wrestlers have initiated legal action against Brij Bhushan.

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat said,

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“We will make this protest global. We will approach Olympians and Olympic medallists in other countries. We will write to them asking them for their support.”

The protestors also alleged that some elements tried to tarnish their protest on Sunday night and that they were being stalked at the protest site.

Vinesh said,

“Some people tried to disrupt our protest. The last time it happened was when we were bringing our bedding at the protest site (at the start of the agitation). We are being stalked. People make recording and click photos, and when we tell them (to stop), they do not listen. Some unknown people (women) also tried to sleep here (inside the tent put up by wrestlers).”

She added,

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“Women, whom we don’t know are being sent inside at night, things are being done, which we do not want should happen at the protest site, which bring a bad name and tarnish our fight for truth and justice.”

Vinesh further added,

“We are getting a feeling at Jantar Mantar that we are being restricted and pushed into a corner. So the more we agitate at other places and let the people elsewhere also know, the better.”

They vowed to make every citizen aware of their plight and not confine themselves to the protest site. The protest has gained support from various sports personalities, politicians, and social activists.

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