Several wrestlers have continued their protest despite calls to rely on the ongoing police investigation by the government against former Wrestling Federation of India chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. Farmers are going to hold a 'mahapanchayat' today to discuss the issue. The wrestlers had been protesting at Jantar Mantar since April 23, demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan.
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The Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) has said that a grand meeting of all khaps will be held in Uttar Pradesh's Muzaffarnagar today to discuss the protest of wrestlers who have levelled sexual harassment allegations against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.
BKU leader Naresh Tikait said that several representatives of various khaps from Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab, Rajasthan and Delhi and their heads will participate in the mahapanchayat.
Tikait was instrumental in stopping some of India's best wrestlers from immersing their medals in the Ganga on Tuesday.
Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia and Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat on Tuesday went to Haridwar and threatened to throw their medals into the Ganga river if action was not taken against the WFI chief. On being persuaded by farmer leaders, they did not do so and gave five days time to the police.
The wrestlers have been demanding action against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh since January, whom he has accused of sexually harassing seven athletes, including a minor.
BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has denied all the allegations against him. And has insisted that he will hang himself if the charges against him are proved.
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said, "If even one of the allegations levelled against me is proved. So I will hang myself. If the protesting wrestlers have any evidence against me, they should be presented in court. After this, I am ready for punishment.
Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Wednesday accused the protesting wrestlers of "changing goalposts". He also reiterated that wrestlers should not take any step that would "cause harm to the sport or other athletes".
Referring to opposition leaders' visit to the wrestlers' protest site at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, Thakur told reporters, "The athletes themselves had said that the stage is not meant to do politics. But later political parties came and went and shared this platform."
New Delhi: Defence Minister Rajnath Singh on Wednesday said the complaint of women wrestlers against outgoing Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh is being investigated and action will be taken once the investigation is completed.