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Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has once again invited the protesting wrestlers for talks. He said that the allegations of sexual harassment levelled by women wrestlers against outgoing Wrestling Federation of India president and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh will be investigated impartially. Meanwhile, statements of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's colleagues and people working at his residence in Gonda in Uttar Pradesh have been recorded in connection with the investigation into allegations of sexual harassment against him.

Among the protesting wrestlers, Sakshi and Bajrang had a long meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah on the night of June 3. Only after this, some wrestlers announced to join their government jobs. Anurag Thakur's statement came after this meeting. However, anurag thakur has already met the protesting wrestlers. "The government is ready to discuss their issues with wrestlers. I have once again invited the wrestlers for this."

The government is willing to have a discussion with the wrestlers on their issues.

I have once again invited the wrestlers for the same.

— Anurag Thakur (@ianuragthakur) June 6, 2023

Asked about protests by wrestlers demanding the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the minister said he has already said that sports and sportspersons are the priority of the government. "The government has already constituted a committee (to probe the allegations against Singh). Police have registered an FIR and are investigating the matter. A charge sheet will also be filed and a fair investigation will be conducted."

The Delhi Police is also investigating the matter. Police have recorded statements of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's colleagues and people working at his residence in Gonda, Uttar Pradesh, in connection with the probe into allegations of sexual harassment against him. Officials gave this information on Tuesday.

Two FIRs were registered against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh at Connaught Place police station on April 28, including one invoking the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act on a complaint filed by the father of a minor wrestler, which carries a jail term of up to seven years if found guilty.

In the FIR lodged following a Supreme Court order, Singh has been charged under various sections of the IPC, including assaulting a woman to outrage her modesty (Section 354), sexual harassment (354A), stalking (354D), which is punishable with a jail term of two-three years. Some of the complainants also alleged that Singh attempted to take "sexual advantage" by promising to help them in their careers.

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has denied all the allegations and said that he will hang himself even if a single charge is proved against him. He has also said that all wrestlers are like his children and he will not blame them, because their success includes their blood and sweat.

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