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Wrestlers pause protest till June 15 after a five-hour meeting with Anurag Thakur
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Wrestlers pause protest till June 15 after a five-hour meeting with Anurag Thakur

| @indiablooms | 07 Jun 2023, 08:27 pm

New Delhi/IBNS: The wrestlers have decided to pause their protest against federation chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh after meeting Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur for five hours on Wednesday.

According to reports, Thakur presented a proposal that the investigation against Singh will be completed by June 15.

However, there has been no word on his arrest yet.

"Till then, the protest will be suspended, but the way forward will be decided after the 15th," Olympian Bajrang Punia, who is also at the forefront of the protest, told NDTV.

Top wrestlers Bajrang Punia and Sakshee Malikkh met Anurag Thakur at his residence on Wednesday morning amid their ongoing agitation against Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP and Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brijbhushan Sharan Singh.

The wrestlers have been protesting against Singh for allegedly sexually harassing seven women grapplers.

This is the second meeting between the central government and the protesters who had met Union Home Minister Amit Shah last Saturday.

Meanwhile, the Delhi Police has quizzed Singh twice in connection with the case.

The police, who have formed a Special Investigation Team to probe the matter, have questioned around 200 people in the case as well, said reports.

The police will file a status report in the court, listing the details of all the inquiries they have held so far.

As per reports, the police have looked into every allegation and questioned the people allegedly present at the time.

Singh earlier claimed that he will come out clean from the charges of sexual harassment levelled against him by the wrestlers.

He had said he has full faith in the judiciary and also expressed faith in the investigating agencies. He claimed that he and his supporters will get justice.

On April 29, two separate police cases were filed against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, after allegations of sexual harassment by seven wrestlers, one of them a minor.

The cases were filed after the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Delhi Police. One of them is under POCSO, the stringent law against sexual assault of children.

Sakshee Malikkh, Vinesh Phogat, and Bajrang Punia earlier resumed their duties in the Railways.

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