Vinesh Phogat calls the “death of democracy” following the filing of an FIR by the Delhi Police against the leaders of the wrestlers’ protest
On April 23, the wrestlers decided to march to the new Parliament after stepping up their demonstration.
The Delhi Police filed rioting and unlawful assembly charges against the protest’s organizers
Hours after detaining several of the protesting athletes, including Olympic medalists Bajrang Punia and Sakshi Malik, and tearing down temporary tents at the protest site, the Delhi Police on Sunday filed rioting and unlawful assembly charges against the protest’s organizers at Jantar Mantar.
The wrestlers decided to march to the new Parliament
When the wrestlers decided to march to the new Parliament shortly after it was inaugurated on Sunday, they decided to step up their protest, which had started on April 23. Aside from detaining the supporters of the wrestlers who had come to take part in the women’s mahapanchayat and the march to Parliament, officers also secured the borders of the Capital at Ghazipur, Tikri, and Singhu.
Farmers and khaps from other states were to participate in the mahapanchayat, which would call for Singh’s arrest.
The wrestlers scaled three levels of barricades: Police
The wrestlers climbed three tiers of barriers, according to the police. The National Flag was held aloft by Vinesh and Sangeeta Phogat as they struggled to elude the police while clinging to one another.
They were placed in police buses and transported to police stations after much resistance that saw the Phogat sisters pinned to the floor and clinging to one another. Punia, who won bronze at the Olympics in Tokyo, was driven to the Mayur Vihar police station by a police officer. Malik was taken to the Burari police station, while the Phogats were detained at the Kalkaji police station.
There were 700 demonstrators detained
About 700 protesters were taken into custody, according to the police, including 109 from Jantar Mantar.
“Death of Democracy”
Even though the wrestlers only wanted to protest peacefully, Vinesh claimed they were being detained. “The new Parliament building, a representation of democracy, is being dedicated today. Regrettably, we cannot organize a nonviolent protest march on the same day. Democracy is dying right now,” she declared.
Rahul Gandhi On Wrestlers Protest
Congress leader Rahul Gandhi expressed his concern on the events of 28th May showing his anguish over the way protesting wrestlers are being treated and the state of Indian democracy and also posted a satirical comment on the PM Modi for the way the new parliament opening ceremony was conducted, calling it a ‘Rajya Abhishek’
राज्याभिषेक पूरा हुआ – 'अहंकारी राजा' सड़कों पर कुचल रहा जनता की आवाज़! pic.twitter.com/9hbEoKZeZs
— Rahul Gandhi (@RahulGandhi) May 28, 2023
Sunil Chhetri backed Indian Wrestler’s protest
The Indian national football team captain, Sunil Chhetri, tweeted in favor of the wrestlers, writing, “Why does it possess to come back to our wrestlers being dragged around without any assessment? Never treat anyone in this manner. I sincerely hope that the circumstances surrounding this matter are evaluated.
Charge of an FIR against the wrestlers
The Indian Penal Code sections about unrest, unlawfully assembling, blocking public servants, rebellion, inflicting bodily harm on a public servant, and criminal force, as well as the regulations of the Avoidance of Damage to Public Property Act, were the subject of a first information report (FIR) filed at Parliament Street police station later in the evening, according to a senior police officer.
After her release, Malik tweeted that they would continue to protest at Jantar Mantar. “We are still fighting. We’ll start our protest over at Jantar Mantar once more,” she tweeted.
Special Commissioner of Police statement
According to Dependra Pathak, special commissioner of police (law and order), the wrestlers infringed police directives and assaulted female officers. “They nearly incited a riot and caused property damage,” Pathak stated. He refuted their claims that the police beat them up. “They were only restrained using body-to-body force,” according to Pathak.