Delhi Police files FIR against wrestler 'protest organisers'
Delhi Police crackdown against the wrestlers came at the same time when Prime Minister Narendra Modi was inaugurating the new Parliament of India.
Delhi Police has registered an FIR against the organizers of the wrestler's protest in connection with the incident at Jantar Mantar on Sunday. The action by the police came after protesting wrestlers like Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia was manhandled and detained while they were leading a women ‘Mahapanchayat’ towards the new Parliament building.
The politics around the issue is also gaining momentum with Opposition leaders targeting the government over the crackdown on protesting wrestlers.
“The right to inaugurate the new Parliament was snatched from the President. Women players were beaten up on the streets with dictatorial force… The three lies of BJP-RSS rulers now stand exposed before the country - Democracy, Nationalism and Save the Daughter. Remember Modi ji, democracy is not just about buildings but functions with the voice of the public," Congress President Mallikarjun Kharge said.
"Strongly condemn the way Delhi Police manhandled Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and other wrestlers. It’s shameful our champions are treated in this manner. Democracy lies in tolerance but autocratic forces thrive on intolerance and quelling of dissent. I demand they be immediately released by police. I stand by our wrestlers," West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee wrote on Twitter.
“Such behavior with our sportspersons who increase the honor of the country is very wrong and condemnable," Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said.
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