Protesting wrestlers who are demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India Chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for allegedly sexually exploiting seven female wrestlers including a minor took an extreme step. On May 30, the wrestlers decided to immerse their medals in Ganga as a mark of protest against the BJP MP. However, they halted their plan after the intervention of the farmer leaders. This step of wrestlers has left several people concerned, including the 1983 World Cup-winning team members.
The former India legends are left concerned by this extreme step of the wrestlers and have urged them to not take any hasty decision and hoped their grievances will be heard and solved soon.
According to a statement released by the 1983 team to the PTI, “We are distressed and disturbed at the unseemly visuals of our champion wrestlers being manhandled. We are also most concerned that they are thinking of dumping their hard-earned medals into river Ganga.”
The statement further read, “Those medals have involved years of effort, sacrifice, determination, and grit and are not only their own but the nation’s pride and joy. We urge them not to take any hasty decision in this matter and also fervently hope that their grievances are heard and resolved quickly. Let the law of the land prevail.”
Notably, the wrestlers who were protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi were detained by the Delhi Police on May 28. The Police detained them for violating law and order when they marched towards the newly inaugurated Parliament building without permission for a ‘Mahapanchayat’. After the intervention by the farmer leaders, the protesting leaders gave a five-day ultimatum to the Indian government.