Tamil Nadu Chief Minister M K Stalin reacted sharply to the police’s detention of protesting wrestlers in Delhi and targeted the Union government over the issue, saying the ‘Sengol’ installed in the new Parliament building has “bent” the very first day.
Stalin said months have passed since the women wrestlers raised the allegation against the BJP MP but the Hindu nationalist party leadership has not acted against Singh.
“Police detaining them after dragging them is condemnable. This shows the Sengol has bent the very first day. Is it fair that such atrocity should also happen on a day of (new Parliament building) inauguration that sidestepped the President and amid opposition boycott,” Stalin added.
Meanwhile, an FIR has been registered against organisers and wrestlers at Jantar Mantar at Barakhamba Police Station.
India’s world-class wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia were among those detained earlier by the Delhi Police Sunday while they were trying to march to the new Parliament building where they had planned to stage a protest against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. They were released later.
While being detained, Vinesh Phogat said from a bus that they are being punished for demanding justice.
“The accused is roaming free, he is being given shelter by the government and we athletes who won medals for the country are now being put in jail for demanding justice for country’s daughters,” she said.
Delhi Police have also removed the makeshift tents placed by the protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called the Delhi Police actions against the sportspersons, who he said bring honour to the country, “wrong and condemnable”.
West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and TMC chief Mamata Banerjee called the detention of wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar ‘shameful’.