Top wrestlers agree to suspend protest till June 15 on govt's request
Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia asserted that they had only suspended the protest but their movement was not yet over and their demands remain the same
The protesting wrestlers on Wednesday agreed to suspend their protest for a week after the government asked them to wait till police completes its probe into sexual harassment allegations against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh by June 15.
The wrestlers, after a nearly five-hour meeting with sports minister Anurag Thakur, said the government has also assured them that the police will withdraw the FIRs filed against them.
The wrestlers were booked for violation of law and order on May 28 when they marched towards the new Parliament building without permission to hold 'Mahila Samman Mahapachayat'.
The meeting was attended by Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik, her husband Satyawart Kadiyan, Bajrang Punia, and Jitender Kinha. Double world medallist Vinesh Phogat, a prominent face of the protest against WFI chief, skipped the meet.
"We were told that police investigation will be complete by June 15. Till then, we have been asked to wait and suspend the protest," Sakshi Malik told reporters after the meeting. "The Delhi police will also withdraw the FIRs filed against the wrestlers lodged on May 28," she added.
Both Malik and Punia asserted that their agitation was not yet over and they have only suspended their protest till June 15 as requested by the government.
Later addressing a press conference, Thakur said the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) elections be held by June 30. The crucial meeting was called by Thakur to break the deadlock.
"Meeting was positive, all decisions were taken unanimously," said Thakur. He also announced that WFI will now have an Internal Complaints Committee — headed by a woman.
With PTI inputs