Wrestlers’ protest on parliament inauguration day: Delhi Police sets up temporary jail

Delhi Police set up a temporary jail at Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) school in Outer Delhi’s Old Bawana, keeping in view the law and order situation ahead of the inauguration of the new Parliament building today.

The move comes amid the call by khap panchayats to hold a mahila mahapanchayat at Jantar Mantar in support of protesting wrestlers who have been demanding action against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

A lot of VIPs, MPs, MLAs and high dignitaries are expected to attend the inauguration of the new Parliament House, according to an order issued by Additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (Outer North) Rajeev Kumar Ambasta.

“It is also learnt that khap panchayats of various states supporting wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar have announced a call for mahila mahapanchayat on Sunday, due to which there is an apprehension a lot of people from Haryana border may try to enter in the jurisdiction of New Delhi and create law and order situation. They may try to enter from Singhu border and further proceed for New Delhi district via GT Karnal road,” the order read.

The police will create a temporary jail in the MC Primary Girls School, Kanjawala Chowk in Old Bawana on Sunday so that law and order can be maintained, the Additional DCP said.

Meanwhile on Sunday, Delhi Police said they’ve been asked to stop protesters from joining the khap panchayat. “We aren’t detaining anyone yet. We will ask farmers to leave because their protest will disturb the inauguration of the new parliament building” said an officer.

Police detained several farmer leaders in Haryana, including BKU Haryana chief Gurnam Singh Chaduni, in their houses. They were supposed to march to Delhi in support of the protesting wrestlers.

At a press conference on Saturday, Vinesh Phogat, one of the protesting wrestlers, said, “The ‘Mahila Samman Mahapanchayat’ will happen tomorrow at all costs. The police have locked down the entire Delhi but we urge everyone to peacefully gather for the ‘Mahila Samman Mahapanchayat’”.