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Wrestlers Protest: Delhi Police files FIR against wrestlers; Booked for rioting, obstructing police

Wrestlers Protest Delhi Police has registered an FIR against the wrestlers protesting at Barakhamba police station. Many sections have been imposed on them. Sections of rioting are also included against them. The Delhi Police ended the strike of the wrestlers after 36 days on 28 May.

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
Updated Date

New Delhi: Delhi Police has registered a case against the organizers including Bajrang Poonia, Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat, Sangeeta Phogat and all the 109 people detained from Jantar Mantar in connection with the riots at Jantar Mantar.

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A case has been registered against them under various sections of rioting, obstructing the lawful work of a public servant, disobeying a statutory order of a public servant, assaulting public servants and damaging government property. .

Some of these sections are bailable and some are non-bailable. But the maximum punishment under these sections is less than seven years. Therefore, according to law, the police cannot arrest the accused. It may take about ten years for the wrestlers to fight the case.

On May 28, during the inauguration of the new building of the Parliament House, the wrestlers had announced to set up Mahila Mahapanchayat near the Parliament. The police did not allow this. With this, the wrestlers marched from Jantar Mantar towards Parliament House.

The police tried to stop them by putting up barricades. During this, the police clashed with them. Police detained 109 female and male wrestlers including their supporters from Jantar Mantar. Around 800 supporters were detained from all over Delhi.

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Late in the evening, first all the women wrestlers were released, followed by others. Strict instructions were given to all that they will not protest again at Jantar Mantar.

Fierce scuffle, many policemen injured
During the detention, the wrestlers and their supporters had a fierce scuffle and clash with the policemen. About ten policemen, including four women personnel, were injured in the incident. All have been admitted to Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital for treatment. He is under treatment there.

After being released from police custody late in the evening, Sakshi Malik tweeted that her movement is not over yet. They will continue the Satyagraha by reaching Jantar Mantar again. After the said tweet, the policemen have increased the security at Jantar Mantar. There will be deployment of policemen for a long time.

DCP Pranav Tayal of New Delhi district says that wrestlers will not be allowed to sit on dharna at Jantar Mantar under any circumstances. If anyone tries to come there again, he will be taken into custody. A case can also be filed against him for repeatedly taking the law in his hands.

Wrestlers removed after 36 days
Wrestlers sitting on dharna at Jantar Mantar for more than a month (36 days) were evacuated on Sunday after taking law into their hands. Taking about 109 wrestlers and their supporters into custody, the police kept them in different groups in different police stations.

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Phogat sisters were dropped from Kalkaji police station at 7.30 pm. Sakshi Malik was released by the police along with Vinesh Phogat and Sangeeta Phogat. At the same time, a total of 4 people including wrestler Bajrang Punia are still in custody inside the police station.

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