The protesting wrestlers that reached Haridwar to discard their medals into the Ganga river have now given the government a five day ultimatum so that their demands for justice are met. The wrestlers have vowed to immerse their medals in the gushing waters of the Ganga if the ultimatum is not met.
After earlier announcing that they would discard their medals at 6 PM today, the turn of events took place after Bharatiya Kisan Union member Naresh Tikait convinced the wrestlers to postpone the dharna, which has resulted in the wrestlers giving the government a five day ultimatum .
Wrestlers including Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Poghat, and Satyawart Kadian have been protesting for over a month seeking Brij Bhushan Singh’s arrest over sexual allegations of female athletes, including a minor. On May 28, all the wrestlers were manhandled by police officials and dragged relentlessly, prompting an outrage among social media users over the behaviour towards the athletes.
On the same day, the police officials entered the wrestlers’ tents at Jantar Mantar in Delhi to destroy them. Sakshi Malik, an Olympic Bronze medalist and one of the protestors condemned it by posting a clip on Twitter. “After arresting all the wrestlers and old people, the cops have started to destroy our march. Our things have been started lifting. What kind of hooliganism is this?” she tweeted.