31-members committee set a deadline for WFI Chief Brij Bhushan's arrest

31-members committee set a deadline for WFI Chief Brij Bhushan's arrest 

The committee joined the wrestlers protest on Sunday May 7 and addressed the media 

Wrestlers on protest

A 31-members committee was held on Sunday May 7, 2023 and they advised the protesting wrestlers that if WFI Chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is not arrested by May 21, it will take a “significant decision.” Khap Maham 24 chief Mehar Singh, Bhartiya Kisan Union (BKU) spokesperson Rakesh Tikait, Sankyut Kisan Morcha’s (non-political) Baldev Singh Sirsa joined the wrestlers in the protest and addressed the media. 

"If any emergency arises, if the wrestlers face any problem, the entire nation stands behind them." The wrestlers, along with hundreds of supporters, carried out a candle light march in the evening. Slogans of 'inqalab jindabad' reverberated as the wrestlers walked holding each other's hands. Patriotic songs such as 'Mera Rang de basanti chola' were played just before the march started.

A large gathering was present at that moment in support of the wrestlers. The security arrangements were tight with more than 500 personnel, including many women from agencies such as Rapid Action Force (RAF), the Delhi Police and the CRPF deployed at the protest site. 

On Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Chief Brij Bhushan, the wrestlers have put allegations of sexual exploitation of several women wrestlers over a period of time and have demanded his removal. To this, Delhi Police have recorded statements of the seven women complaints under section 161 while the statements under 164 (before a magistrate ) under Criminal Procedure Code (CrPC) are yet to be recorded.  

"This is not a political protest, this is a non-political organization. But a few politicians have come in support of the wrestlers, cutting across party lines." Sirsa said, "We have also decided that we will force the government to arrest Brij Bhushan. The way farmers had fought their battle (against farm laws), the wrestlers will continue their struggle in the same way." "I request that the government does not test our patience. They had tested us some time back and we had cleared the exam." Sirsa said.

"We can take a big call if a resolution does not come by May 21. No one has hijacked our protest, it's just that people have joined us in our fight against injustice. These people respect us and care for our dignity. We will definitely compete. We will prepare a plan on how to go about it. We will surely go for competitions." "We have just one demand that Brij Bhushan should be first arrested and then his interrogation should take place." - Vinesh Phogat

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