This Article is From May 04, 2023

Delhi Police Counters Wrestlers' 'Attack By Drunk Cops' Charge: 10 Facts

Wrestlers Protest: The wrestlers have alleged that they were attacked by cops when they tried to bring in folding beds to the protest site to sleep following rains during the day.

Wrestlers Protest at Jantar Mantar: wrestlers have accused Delhi Police of manhandling.

New Delhi: Wrestlers protesting at Delhi's Jantar Mantar have alleged that they were manhandled by drunk policemen late Wednesday night. The wrestlers claim that they were assaulted by cops when they wanted to bring in folding beds to the protest site.

Here are 10 facts on this big story:

  1. Several wrestlers were hit on the head with two sustaining injuries. One person fell unconscious and had to be taken to a hospital for treatment.

  2. According to the police, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA Somnath Bharti reached the protest site with folding beds without permission. When the police intervened, a minor altercation broke out following which the AAP leader and two others were detained, police said.

  3. In a video that is now viral on social media, some protesters can be heard accusing police personnel of attacking wrestlers under the influence of alcohol.

  4. "A drunk policeman, Dharemendra, abused Vinesh Phogat and got involved in a scuffle with us," said former wrestler Rajveer. Olympian and Commonwealth Games Gold medallist Geeta Phogat has said that her younger brother Dushyant Phogat's head "was cracked open".

  5. Asian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat broke down and said they were not criminals to be treated in such manner. "If you want to kill us, then kill us," Ms Phogat said crying. Olympics bronze medallist Bajrang Punia, speaking with NDTV, said, "I request the government that it take back all the medals I have won."

  6. Delhi Police have dismissed allegations of some policemen being drunk. The police said that no force was used against the protesters and that five police personnel sustained injuries in the altercation. 

  7. Following the clash, heavy police force has been deployed at the protest site and the whole area has been barricaded, not allowing media personnel to reach the protesting wrestlers.

  8. Congress leader Deepender Singh Hooda who reached the protest site late at night claimed that he was detained by Delhi Police and taken to Vasant Vihar police station.

  9. India's top wrestlers are protesting against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over sexual harassment allegations. The six-time MP has denied all allegations leveled against him. 

  10. The Supreme Court today closed proceedings on the petition filed by three women wrestlers who have levelled sexual harassment allegations against Mr Singh. The court noted that FIRs have been registered and seven of the complainants have been provided adequate security.

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