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‘Arrest Brij Bhushan by June 9 or…’: Khap Mahapanchayat gives ultimatum to Centre over wrestlers’ protest

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The Khap leaders from Haryana and Western UP, who are standing in solidarity with India’s top athletes in their battle against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the head of the wrestling body, have issued a new ultimatum to the central government. They demand the immediate arrest of Singh, warning that failure to do so will result in a more extensive protest.

“We have taken a decision that the government must address the grievances of wrestlers and he (Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh) should be arrested. Otherwise, we will go with the wrestlers to Jantar Mantar in Delhi on June 9 and hold panchayats across the nation,” farmer leader Rakesh Tikait, who led the meeting, said.

“The cases against the wrestlers should be withdrawn and the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh must happen,” Tikait said.

Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, a Member of Parliament from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), is confronted with accusations of sexual harassment and intimidation. According to the wrestlers, he allegedly abused his authority as the chief of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) to engage in sexual harassment of athletes.

Yesterday, a “khap mahapanchayat” was organised in Uttar Pradesh, along with a series of protests in Punjab and Haryana, to show support and solidarity with the wrestlers.


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