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Violent scuffle breaks out between wrestlers and Delhi police amid protest

A violent scuffle broke out between protesting wrestlers and police amid allegations of abuse and violence against the wrestlers.

Violent scuffle breaks out between wrestlers and Delhi police amid protest

The Bridge Desk

Updated: 4 May 2023 6:15 AM GMT

Jantar Mantar, New Delhi: The ongoing wrestlers' protest took a violent turn here on Tuesday late at night as the protesting wrestlers were allegedly attacked by a drunk policeman. This ensued a big scuffle in which at least two protesting wrestlers were badly injured.

According to the wrestlers, the police officers started behaving badly with them and even abused the women wrestlers.

"We were bringing beds as it was troublesome sleeping due to the rain. Sakshi Malik is crying. This is how they respect the daughters. This is getting out of hand now," Bajrang Punia told the media.

A drunk policeman is visible in the video surrounded by people in a video posted by PTI.

"This drunk policeman has busted the head open of my cousin. They have also pushed me (Vinesh), Sakshi, and Sangeeta. They have abused us. The drunk policeman is abusing everyone," Vinesh said in the video.

Later in a media interaction, an emotionally distraught Vinesh said," "Did we win medals for the country to see this day? We have not even eaten our food. Does every man have a right to abuse women? These policemen are holding guns, they can kill us."

Dushyant Phogat, who is the brother-in-law of Bajrang Punia and cousin of Vinesh Phogat was injured in the violence and had to be rushed to the hospital.

Bajrang Punia called for more support from everyone and said, "I request everyone to reach Delhi by morning. This is the time. If not now, then when. This is a question of the dignity of our daughters. People like Brij Bhushan (WFI President) are roaming free despite being a criminal and all this is happening to us."

Delhi Police has assured that there will be an investigation in the matter and stern action will be taken.

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