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'Justice for our champions': Protests for wrestlers turn ugly at Delhi university

Bajrang Punia said it was sad that girl students standing in solidarity with them are being arrested, while the 'harasser is still roaming free'.

Justice for our champions: Protests for wrestlers turn ugly at Delhi university
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Students standing in solidarity with India's protesting wrestlers are arrested by Delhi Police (Twitter/Bajrang Punia)

By

The Bridge Desk

Updated: 3 May 2023 9:45 AM GMT

High drama at the Delhi University campus broke out on Wednesday as agitating students demanding the removal of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh were forcibly removed by Delhi Police.

Delhi Police said the students were removed as they 'did not have permission to protest' at the location.

Wrestler Bajrang Punia, who is one of the elite sportspersons of the country leading the protest at the main site of the protest - at the Jantar Mantar in the national capital - tweeted about the incident.

Students who were protesting at the university were taken into custody by Delhi Police.

"The girl students of Delhi University took out a march in support of the agitating women wrestlers. They have been taken into custody by the police. The harasser is roaming free, but instead of catching him, the police are catching those people who are coming in support of the women wrestlers. It's so embarrassing," tweeted Bajrang Punia.

At the protest site on Wednesday morning, there was a signature campaign by the students with the slogan 'Justice for our champions'. They chanted slogans against the incumbent WFI president and the administration.

One of the chants in the protest were against the Delhi Police itself. It has been alleged by the wrestlers that the police refused to lodge their FIRs and that they have been cutting off electricity and water supply to the main protest site at night.

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