The Delhi Police has recorded the statements of three to four members of the Wrestling Federation of India in the sexual harassment case against federation chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, sources said. Some of the workers at Mr. Singh’s Delhi residence have also been called in by the police for questioning, they added.
Earlier today, the Bharatiya Kishan Union said it has postponed plans to visit Jantar Mantar on June 9 to protest against Brijbhushan Sharan Singh’s alleged inaction.
“Discussions are going on with the government. They (the protesting wrestlers) have met the home minister. We have called off the June 9 protest on their request. We will support them on whatever date they decide in the future,” said Rakesh Tikait.
Three of India’s most decorated wrestlers — Sakshi Malikkh, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia — who have been leading the long agitation against Brijbhushan Sharan Singh, have resumed their duties at the Railways.
Bajrang Punia told NDTV that they met the home minister at his Delhi residence on Saturday evening.
Sources said the meeting, which began at 11 pm, lasted for over an hour and was attended by Mr. Punia, Sakshi Malikkh, Sangeeta Phogat and Satyawarta Qadian.
The wrestlers have demanded an impartial probe and swift action against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh – who has been accused of sexual harassment by seven female wrestlers, including a minor, they said.
Amit Shah has assured wrestlers that the law is equal for all, it is learnt. “Let the law take its own course,” he told the wrestlers.
Days after the protesting wrestlers were evicted from Delhi’s Jantar Mantar, the wrestlers resumed their work on May 31 – where they had been protesting since April.
Both Ms. Malikkh and Mr. Punia, however, denied reports of withdrawing from the protests. “This is our fight for justice. We will not back down,” Ms Malikkh said.
“We have resumed our responsibilities on the railways, but we are also working on our future strategy,” he said.
Olympian Bajrang Punia, in a video message, asserted that athletes are together and that false propaganda is being spread against them to break their movement.
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has denied all allegations of misconduct and remains a defendant.
“If a single charge against me is proved, I will hang myself. If you (wrestlers) have any evidence, present it in court and I am ready to accept any punishment,” he said.