Dangal in Delhi’s streets: Detained wrestlers, emptied out Jantar Mantar, and a promise to return | a review

Dangal in Delhi’s streets: Wrestlers detained, emptied out Jantar Mantar, and a vow to return

As the protesting wrestlers marched to the new Parliament, chaos broke out as they tussled with police, were taken into custody, and were carried away. The players insisted that they would continue with their “satyagraha” despite being mistreated and being charged with a crime. Here is a brief summary.

The wrestlers have been conducting a sit-in protest at the Jantar Mantar for the past 35 days against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the head of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), who is accused of sexually harassing many female wrestlers, including a minor.

Here’s a quick recap of the wrestlers’ protest march and the chaos that ensued:

  1. Before their march to the new parliament building, outside of which a mahila mahapanchayat was planned, wrestlers posted on social media early on Sunday morning stating that police had detained them at Jantar Mantar.
  2. Soon after, commotion broke out as grapplers Vinesh Phogat, her cousin Sangeeta Phogat, and Sakshi Malik attempted to scale the barriers, less than two kilometres from the new Parliament. The athletes were handled roughly and pinned down when security forces sprang into action. The protesters were hauled into buses and crammed with other people before being driven to police stations.
  3. After a fight with security forces who attempted to stop the demonstrators from moving to the new Parliament building, Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia along with other protesters were booked for rioting and impeding public servants in the performance of their duties.

    The wrestlers disobeyed police instructions, attacked police officers, and “almost created a riot-like situation,” according to Dependra Pathak, special commissioner of police (law and order).

  4. According to Delhi Police, 700 persons have been taken into custody throughout the capital. The three wrestlers were among the 109 protestors who were held at Jantar Mantar. Later in the evening, prisoners who were women were freed.
  5. All traces of the wrestlers’ month-long uproar were removed from the Jantar Mantar as tents, mattresses, and other items brought by the demonstrators were removed by cart. The wrestlers won’t be permitted to go back, according to the police.
  6. Olympic medalist Sakshi Malik tweeted that the protest was still going on later in the evening. “We will restart our satyagraha at Jantar Mantar whenever we are liberated from police arrest. She wrote in a tweet, “Now, there will be satyagraha of women wrestlers, not dictatorship.
  7. Arvind Kejriwal, the leader of the AAP, Rahul Gandhi, and Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were among the prominent opposition figures who denounced the abuse and arbitrary imprisonment of the top wrestlers. They called it a “shame on the government” and described the occurrence.
  8. After the initial round of demonstrations in January, the wrestlers picked up their sit-in again last month. They are calling for the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, a fellow BJP MP from Kaisarganj in Uttar Pradesh. In addition, Singh was there when Prime Minister Narendra Modi opened the new Parliament building.

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