Large number of farmers broke through the police barricades on Monday as they joined the protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar in Delhi. The wrestlers are demanding action against WFI chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh over allegations of sexual harassment.
Ahead of the farmers’ march coming from various states in support of the protesting grapplers in the national capital, security has been beefed up at the Delhi-Tikri border on Sunday.
Wrestlers have been protesting at Jantar Mantar for over 10 days demanding the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Singh and his sacking from the post in the light of allegations of sexual harassment by the wrestlers.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha had announced holding nationwide protests including in Delhi in support of the wrestlers.
According to an SKM statement on Saturday, on May 7, several leaders of the organisation from Punjab, Haryana, Delhi and Uttar Pradesh will visit the protest site at Jantar Mantar and extend support to the protesting wrestlers.
Speaking on the allegation against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, farmer leader Joginder Singh said, “They are in power and it is very difficult to stand against a person who is misusing his power and position for so long, but we will fight against it.” “Government’s job is to stop us but we will go to the place where we want to go. If they try to stop us, it will cost them. There are no plans of staying here, if government and administration stop us, then we’ll have to stay here,” he told ANI.
Notably, SKM had spearheaded the year-long farmers’ protest on the borders of the national capital against the now-repealed farm laws.