The Delhi Police has registered two FIRs against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president and BJP MP from Gonda Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. These FIRs have been registered on the complaint of women wrestlers. In these FIRs related to sexual exploitation of women players, one has been registered under the POCSO Act. However, the wrestlers are not satisfied with just the registration of the FIR. They are demanding the immediate arrest of the MP.
South Delhi Deputy Commissioner of Police Pranav Tayal said, “The first FIR pertains to the allegations made by a minor. It has been registered under the POCSO Act along with relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for outraging the modesty of a woman.”
First FIR pertains to allegations levelled by a minor victim, registered under POCSO Act along with relevant IPC sections concerning outraging of modesty. Second FIR is registered for carrying out comprehensive investigations into the complaints tendered by other, adult…
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The DCP further said, “The second FIR has been registered on the basis of complaints made by other adult complainants under Indian Penal Code section. It deals with outraging the modesty of a woman along with other similar sections.” Both the FIRs have been registered at the Connaught Place police station in Delhi.
Tell that Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, appearing in the Supreme Court on behalf of Delhi Police, told the court on Friday (April 28, 2023) that an FIR would be registered against him. Thereafter, an FIR was registered in the evening.
However, the wrestlers who have been demanding registration of FIR till now have said that the MP should be arrested immediately. If this does not happen, they will not end their strike. The wrestlers have also demanded the resignation of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh as an MP.
Wrestler Satyavrat Kadian says, “It is good that the FIR has been registered. What will we get from FIR? Will we get justice through FIR? Delhi Police should have registered an FIR on the very first day itself. Our on-paper battle has just begun. Let’s see what our legal team and coaches have to say. We are demanding that wrestling be separated from politics and the future of our women wrestlers be secured.”
Delhi | It is good that FIR has been registered. What will we get from the FIR? Will FIR get us justice? Delhi Police should have lodged an FIR on the very first day. Our on-paper fight has just started. Let’s see what our legal team & coaches have to say. We are demanding that… pic.twitter.com/Wky5Llo7HD
— ANI (@ANI) April 29, 2023
Now that the demand of the wrestlers to file an FIR against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh has been accepted by the Delhi Police, wrestler Vinesh Phogat said that they do not have faith in the Delhi Police. Phogat said, “Our demand is that he (WFI president) should be put in jail. He should be removed from every post. Resign from the post of MP as well.
At the same time, Bajrang Punia, who was protesting, said, “He (Brij Bhushan Singh) should be put in jail immediately. We are waiting for the FIR of the police that under which sections the case is registered. Union minister Anurag Thakur did not pick up our phone.”
It is clear from wrestler Sakshi Malik that wrestlers will not cooperate with Delhi Police nor will they record their statement in this matter. Sakshi said, “We will record our statement in the Supreme Court. Our protest will end only after putting him (Brijbhushan Sharan Singh) in jail and removing him from all posts.”
Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh said on Friday (April 28, 2023), “I welcome whatever decision the court has taken today. I am very happy with this decision. Now there will be milk of milk and water of water in the court. I will get justice I believe in my karma.
Brijbhushan Sharan Singh had said about the players, “The demands of the wrestlers are constantly changing. They will keep raising questions. Will also raise questions on Delhi Police. Till date I have not been convicted by any court in any case. Everything is politically motivated.”
The wrestlers sought support from all the leaders and Khaps of their Jat community. Congress leader and former Haryana Chief Minister Bhupinder Singh Hooda and some Haryana sportspersons, including his son Deepender Hooda, extended their support at the protest site at Jantar Mantar. During this, slogans were raised ‘Modi, your grave will be dug, if not today, it will be dug tomorrow’.