31 May 2023

Wrestlers Protest: United World Wrestling Threatens To Suspend WFI; Samyukta Kisan Morcha Calls For Nationwide Agitation

New Delhi: The United World Wrestling (UWW) has denounced the detention of India's top wrestlers during their protest in Jantar Mantar in Delhi and threatened to suspend the national federation WFI if it does not hold its election within the stipulated time.

The United World Wrestling said it has been following for several months with great concern the situation in India where wrestlers are protesting.

The UWW said it has been keeping an eye on the protest by the wrestlers against the outgoing Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for allegedly sexually harassing several women wrestler.

Samyukta Kisan Morcha calls for countrywide demos

Meanwhile, farmers' outfit Samyukta Kisan Morcha has called for countrywide demonstrations on June 1 in support of wrestlers. The Samyukta Kisan Morcha said it has given the call for the nationwide agitation to secure the democratic right to protest by the Indian wrestlers and all other sections of society and to seek the arrest of WFI chief Singh.

The Morcha will coordinate with platforms of trade unions, women, youth, students and all other sections, including intellectuals, to stage protests across India, it said. SKM will also hold demonstrations and torch effigies of the Wrestling Federation of India protest on June 5, the day a group of seers in Ayodhya has proposed a rally in support of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

The morcha also denounced the action on wrestlers on May 28, the day women wrestlers had called 'Mahila Samman Mahapanchayat'.

Wrestlers withdraw decision to immerse medals in Ganga

Earlier, Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, the wrestlers who arrived in Haridwar threatening to immerse their medals into the Ganga, withdrew their decision after Naresh Tikait, a farmer leader, urged them to give the government five days. 

The wrestlers called off their dharna and drove away in cars from Har KI Pauri where they arrived shortly after 6 PM on Tuesday to immerse their medals. The development comes two days after their 38-day-long protest at Jantar Matar came to a sudden halt as the Delhi Police removed tents following their detention over a protest march to Parliament.

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