Sports Minister Anurag Thakur Invited Protesting Wrestlers to ‘Talk’

To resolve the agitation against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) Chief Brij Bhushan, the protesting wrestlers met the Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday to demand the arrest of Brij Bhushan. 

As per the PTI report the group of wrestlers, led by Bajrang Punia, met the sports minister at his residence on his invitation for discussions.

Earlier this meeting, the wrestlers also met Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday and demanded action against the WFI chief but the discussion was not concluded. 

Wrestler Sakshi Malik said, “We are not ending our protest. We will see what proposal the government will offer to us. Our main demand is that Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan should be arrested.”

The wrestlers made five demands to the minister that includes free and fair elections to the Wrestling Federation of India, the appointment of a woman chief, Brij Bhushan Singh or his family members cannot be part of the WFI, arrest of Brij Bhushan Singh and scrapped the police case that had been filed against them over their protest on May 28.

The government is willing to accept most of the wrestler’s demands but on the arrest of Mr. Singh, it is still argumentative.

Wrestler Punia said, “The athletes aren’t satisfied with the government’s response, neither is the government agreeing to our demands.”

As per PTI, “The government has sought time till June 15 for the investigation to conclude. The protest is not over yet,” says wrestler Sakshi Malik after meeting with Union Minister Anurag Thakur.

The Delhi Police filed two FIRs and registered ten complaints against the WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh after allegations of sexual harassment were leveled against him by wrestlers. 

One FIR detailed the allegations by the Olympians and the other FIR has allegations charged by the father of a minor.

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