A total of seven women wrestlers have accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment.

New Delhi:

Olympian wrestler Bajrang Punia had told NDTV that his protest against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh would continue till action was taken on the sexual harassment allegations against him, hours after Union Home Minister Amit Shah invited the protesters for a second round of talks. Sources gave this information on Wednesday.

In an interview to NDTV on Tuesday, Bajrang Punia had said that the government had asked the protesters to keep saturday's meeting with Home Minister Amit Shah a secret. Bajrang Punia also denied having "any setting" with the Home Minister and said the protesting wrestlers will not back down from their demands.

Sources say that after the interview aired on NDTV, Bajrang Punia received a call from Home Minister Amit Shah, who invited the wrestlers for another meeting. This meeting with Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur is currently underway.

It is reported that Bajrang Punia has told the Home Minister that wrestlers do not want any secret meeting.

Soon after the Home Minister's phone call, Anurag Thakur tweeted and formally invited the wrestlers for talks. At 12:47 am on Tuesday, Thakur wrote on micro-blogging website Twitter: "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

Talking about the wrestlers' late night meeting with the Union Home Minister on Saturday, Bajrang Punia had said that the Home Minister had assured that an investigation was going on against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Bajrang Punia had said, "The protest is not over, it will continue... We are strategising to take it forward... The athletes are not satisfied with the government's response, nor is the government agreeing to our demands."

Union Home Minister Amit Shah had a meeting with Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Sangeeta Phogat and Satyavrat Kadian for more than an hour at 11 pm. It is reported that the Home Minister had assured the wrestlers that the law will be equal for all. "Let the law take its own course," he had reportedly told the wrestlers.

When the wrestler returned to his railway job on Monday, two days after the meeting, speculation started emerging that the protest had ended. Bajrang Punia strongly denied this. He clarified that he had taken leave from his job and reported to the office only one day to sign after being removed from the Jantar Mantar protest site in Delhi. "We haven't gone back to our jobs since," he said.

Seven women wrestlers, including a minor wrestler, have accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of sexual harassment. In the two FIRs filed, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has been accused of touching women athletes inappropriately on the pretext of checking their breath, tackling them, asking inappropriate personal questions and demanding sexual favours.

The wrestlers are demanding an impartial probe into the matter and swift action against the wrestling association chief.

According to the information received, Delhi Police has questioned Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh twice and has recorded the statements of three to four members of the WFI. According to sources, some employees of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh's residence in Delhi have also been called by the police for questioning.