Wrestlers Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia on Wednesday reached union sports activities minister Anurag Thakur’s residence, hours after a late-night invite from him to ‘focus on their considerations’. The wrestlers have been demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over fees of sexual harassment and intimidation.
In a tweet posted shortly after midnight on Wednesday, Thakur stated: “The federal government is prepared to have a dialogue with wrestlers on their points. I’ve as soon as once more invited the wrestlers for a similar.” Thakur’s invitation comes days after the wrestlers met union house minister Amit Shah over fees towards Brij Bhushan, who can also be a Bharatiya Janata Occasion MP.
The wrestlers met Shah final week at his residence however declared themselves dissatisfied; Punia instructed broadcaster NDTV that protesters have been ‘not pleased with the federal government’s response’.
Punia stated he demanded to know why Brij Bhushan – towards whom Delhi Police filed two FIRs solely after the Supreme Courtroom intervened – had not but been arrested and warned Shah the wrestlers wouldn’t again down. Punia later additionally instructed reporters he had been directed to not reveal that the wrestlers had met Amit Shah however stated he selected to take action anyway.
The assembly with Shah got here days after the wrestlers’ upped the ante in what’s quickly changing into a conflict of attrition towards the federal government, declaring they might throw hard-earned medals from worldwide sporting occasions into the Ganga river. That dramatic second was ssupended after farmer union chief Rakesh Tikait – who led the protest towards the BJP authorities’s (now-scrapped) three farm legal guidelines – persuaded the wrestlers to face down.
Delhi Police query Brij Bhushan Singh’s associates, contacts
In the meantime, final week, the police recorded statements from Brij Bhushan Singh’s associates and people working at his house in Uttar Pradesh’s Gonda as a part of their investigation.
Officers stated the police – who final month have been compelled to challenge an announcement explaining that inquiries into the wrestlers’ allegations have been ongoing, after media experiences stated it had been accomplished with no proof to counsel Brij Bhushan Singh’s guilt – will submit a report quickly.
Up to now, the police have 10 complaints along with the 2 FIRs towards Brij Bhushan.
Wrestlers resume duties
Amid the controversy, Malik, Phogat and Punia have resumed their day jobs with the Indian Railways. Experiences suggesting that they had ‘withdrawn’ from the protest have been rapidly dismissed they usually even careworn that they have been able to stop ‘if the job is seen to be an impediment in the way in which of justice’.”… then we is not going to take even ten seconds to go away it…” they declared.
“Those that instructed our medals to be price ₹15 every at the moment are after our jobs. Our life is at stake… a job is a really small factor in entrance of that… Don’t blackmail us by threatening us with our jobs,” Punia, Vinesh, and Malik tweeted in Hindi.