February 27, 2024

Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, and Sakshi Malik detained by Delhi Police throughout protest march.

India’s prime wrestlers, Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, and Sakshi Malik, have been detained by the Delhi Police on Sunday whereas main a protest march in the direction of the brand new Parliament constructing. The athletes, who’ve been holding a sit-in protest at Jantar Mantar for over a month, have been demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the chief of the Wrestling Federation of India, who has been accused of sexually harassing a number of ladies gamers. Chaos ensued because the wrestlers clashed with the police, resulting in their detention and the clearing of their protest web site.

The stress escalated at Jantar Mantar when the wrestlers tried to breach the barricades positioned to stop them from reaching the newly inaugurated Parliament. A scuffle ensued between the athletes and the police, with either side shoving and pushing one another. The Delhi Police detained the protestors and subsequently began dismantling the mats, tents, and hoardings arrange by the wrestlers on the protest web site.

Athletes’ Response

Refuting the police’s allegations of breaking barricades and violating legislation and order, Bajrang Punia denied any wrongdoing. Whereas being taken away, Vinesh Phogat expressed her frustration, stating, “naya desh mubarak ho [congratulations on the new country].” Sakshi Malik, in a tweet, criticized the arrest and questioned India’s declare because the “mom of democracy,” expressing concern for India’s daughters in ache.

Wrestler Sakshi Malik detained by the police. (Picture Supply: PTI)

Opposition Boycott

The Delhi Police justified their actions by stating that the protestors didn’t have permission to carry the occasion and warned in opposition to participating in any “anti-national exercise.” Nevertheless, their detainment drew sturdy condemnation from opposition leaders, who boycotted the parliamentary ceremony and accused the federal government of suppressing dissent. Rahul Gandhi of the Congress get together tweeted a video of the wrestlers’ detainment, criticizing the federal government’s dealing with of the scenario. Mamata Banerjee, the Chief Minister of West Bengal, demanded the quick launch of the wrestlers, emphasizing the significance of democracy and tolerance. The Communist Celebration of India (Marxist) highlighted the contradiction between the grandeur of the brand new parliament constructing’s inauguration and the therapy of protestors by the police.

The police additionally prevented lots of of farmers from becoming a member of the protest, reinforcing safety measures on the Haryana-Punjab border and different entry factors into Delhi. Rakesh Tikait, a distinguished farmer chief, expressed disappointment at being denied entry into Delhi and vowed to find out the following plan of action. The actions of the Delhi Police obtained widespread condemnation throughout the nation, with politicians, together with Arvind Kejriwal and Priyanka Gandhi Vadra, denouncing the mistreatment of athletes who’ve introduced glory to India.

JNU College students Allege Administration Obstructed Participation 

Jawaharlal Nehru College (JNU) college students have accused the college administration of obstructing their participation within the ‘Mahila Maha Panchayat’ by intensifying safety measures on campus. In keeping with varied scholar organizations, college students have been detained on campus and prevented from becoming a member of the maha panchayat because of an alleged imposition of an undisclosed Part 144. In response to the scenario, a bunch of scholars marched from the JNU campus to the Vasant Kunj police station, demanding the discharge of the detainees. A united protest on the North Gate of JNU led to the discharge of all college students and academics. The JNU administration has not supplied a response to those claims.

Police personnel detain an agitator during wrestlers' protest march towards the new Parliament building.
Police personnel detain an agitator throughout wrestlers’ protest march in the direction of the brand new Parliament constructing. (Picture Supply: PTI)

Demand for Justice

Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of the Delhi Fee for Girls, wrote a letter to the Commissioner of Police demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and motion in opposition to the police personnel concerned within the wrestlers’ detention. Maliwal expressed concern over the failure to handle the intense allegations of sexual harassment and criticized the perceived partisan strategy of the Delhi Police, stressing the significance of encouraging victims to return ahead and search justice.