The wrestler’s protest in Delhi only seems to be getting more severe as the days go by with recently the wrestlers alleging that the Delhi Police beat them up on Wednesday night leaving a few protesters injured.

The incident is said to happen around 11 pm on 3rd May 2023 at the Jantar Mantar road where the wrestlers and their supporters have been asking for the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on charges of sexual harassment and more along with also how Delhi Police had behaved with them during this time, not registering FIR initially and more.

Now they allege that the police manhandled and abused them and that one or some of the police personnel had even been drunk.

What Is Delhi Police Saying?

According to reports, the police explained the reason for the protesters “There were a few men who tried bringing cots to the protest site. When the policemen deployed at the spot asked them about the cots, they got aggressive and the protesters joined them..”

They also claimed that protesters apparently wrongfully restrained another officer and accused him of being drunk which was not true. They also stated that no protesters were beaten up but the protesters claim differently.

Speaking with PTI former wrestler Rajveer said “The mattresses got wet due to rain, so we were bringing folding beds for sleeping, but the police did not allow that. Drunk policeman Dharemendra abused Vinesh Phogat and got involved in a scuffle with us.”

“They started hitting us. Bajrang Punia’s brother-in-law Dushyant and Rahul suffered head injuries. The police did not even let doctors reach the site. Even the women constables were misbehaving with us.”

Among other reasons, the Delhi Police also reportedly believe it was a staged run-in by the protesters who called over the politicians despite the prohibitory orders and claimed that one of the wrestlers was injured from the blades of a fan and not an actual police officer.


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What Protesters Are Saying

The Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) chief Swati Maliwal tweeted about speaking with the protesters and what they told her.

She said “I am sitting with wrestlers who are protesting at Jantar Mantar. They are telling me that last night some police personnel, who were inebriated, misbehaved with them and attacked them. After writing down the complaints, Delhi Commission For Women will act on them.”

She also added how “According to them, some of the officers of Delhi Police were drunk on Wednesday night. They dragged some of these women and beat them. They abused them and even pulled their hair.” 

Actually, after the scuffle had broken out, the DCW chief had been detained by the Delhi Police from meeting the protesters before being let go.

When she wasn’t allowed in Maliwal tweeted that “Jantar Mantar has been converted into a cantonment. It is my constitutional responsibility and right to meet these women wrestlers but I am not being allowed inside.”

As per a senior police officer, “Section 144 was imposed and everyone outside the line of barricades was removed. The staffers didn’t use any force. Maliwal and others were only removed…They were not taken to stations. We are checking with officers about the wrestlers’ allegations. An inquiry will be conducted.”

The DCP, New Delhi, replying to her initial tweet said that “Hon’ble Chairperson DCW was stopped at the barricade by an officer and let go immediately. She is presently inside at the protest site. There is no restriction on individual entry to Jantar Mantar.”


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Sources: The Indian Express, The Economic Times, NDTV

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