28 May 2023

Wrestlers Protest: Women Going To Delhi To Take Part In Mahapanchayat In Front Of New Parliament Taken In Custody; Wrestlers To Hold Peaceful March

New Delhi: Police have cordoned off the Delhi border after protesting wrestlers announced to hold Mahila Mahapanchayat on Sunday outside the new parliament building. In view of police pressure, wrestlers said they will organize peaceful march to parliament house.

Police are taking steps to prevent farmers and women from entering the national capital. Prime Minister Narendra Modi will also inaugurate the new Parliament House on Sunday.

Farmers, laborers and khap panchayats of many states have planned to participate in Mahila Samman Mahapanchayat.

Delhi Police and other security agencies are leaving no stone unturned in the security of the inauguration program after the opposition political parties protested against the opening of the new Parliament House and after the announcement of Mahila Panchayat.

Delhi Police officials say that the permission to hold Mahila Panchayat was not given. Mahila Khap Panchayats have announced to hold Mahila Panchayat on Sunday in front of the new Parliament House in support of the wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar. 

Tight security on all borders of Delhi

There is every possibility of a large number of women and farmers coming to Delhi in this panchayat. In such a situation, security arrangements have been tightened on all the borders of Delhi, especially on the Ghazipur border on Saturday night.

Police have started detaining women and farmers going to New Delhi. When a group of women going from Punjab to Delhi reached Manji Sahib Gurdwara in Ambala on Saturday evening, the police took them into custody. Police personnel are also stationed at the gate of the gurudwara. 

Meanwhile, the police have started sealing the borders of Delhi. Late Saturday night, big cement stones were brought to Tikri border. The road has been narrowed to 15 feet. It can be blocked completely.

Wrestlers will go ahead with peaceful march come what may

The protesting wrestlers said late on Saturday evening that there was a lot of "pressure" to call off the Mahila Mahapanchayat they have planned in front of the new Parliament building on Sunday, but they will go ahead with the "peaceful" march come what may.

The agitating wrestlers, demanding the arrest of former Wrestling Federation of India president Brij Bhushan Singh who they alleged sexually harassed several women grapplers, had given a call for a Mahila Mahapanchayat on Sunday, the day the new Parliament building will be inaugurated by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

We are ready to bear any force: Vinesh Phogat

Vinesh Phogat said that the government is pressurizing us to compromise. However, there is no talk of arresting Brij Bhushan in that agreement. 

Phogat said the police have reached the houses of the farmers. They have been detained. The Gurdwara at Ambala has been converted into a cantonment. Police can use force on us. But, we are ready to bear any force. Today the whole country is standing with us, that's why we are able to fight this battle. We are kids, we have never seen this before.

Local trains will be terminated one or two stations before main Delhi rly station

Local trains coming from NCR will also be terminated one or two stations before New Delhi Railway Station. Its informal orders have been issued. However, trains coming from long routes will be allowed to reach New Delhi Railway Station.

It is also being said that the metro will also be stopped a few stations earlier. This is happening for the first time that trains are being stopped even before reaching New Delhi in view of the security arrangements for the VIP programme. This never happened on 26 January and 15 August as well. Security has been tightened at the borders of all the states including the Ghazipur border.

The Delhi Police has received more than 50 companies of the police force from the Ministry of Home Affairs. A senior New Delhi police official said that 2500 to 3000 police personnel would be deployed for the security of the inauguration programme. 

No one will be allowed to go near inauguration program

Of these, 50 percent are women cops. Police personnel deployed in security have been strictly instructed not to allow anyone to go near the inauguration program or the new Parliament House. Only invited guests, MPs, Chief Ministers and Governors of states will be allowed to participate in the programme.

Rakesh Tikait's ultimatum

On the other hand, farmer leader Rakesh Tikait released the video saying that the police are stopping farmers from going to the Mahila Mahapanchayat. He gave an ultimatum that if the police force is not removed, he will be forced to ask the workers to take tractors and leave for Delhi.

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