Dramatic Detention of Wrestlers: Outrage Over Treatment by Delhi Police

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In a shocking turn of events, the recent detention of protesting wrestlers by the Delhi Police has ignited a wave of condemnation from politicians, sportspersons, and citizens alike. The incident, which occurred on Sunday, unfolded as top wrestlers, including renowned names such as Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik, and Bajrang Punia, were detained for alleged violation of law and order during a planned women’s ‘Mahapanchayat’ near the new Parliament building.

Chaos ensued at the protest site at Jantar Mantar as tensions escalated between wrestlers and police officers. Videos capturing the incident revealed the distressing sight of Vinesh Phogat, her cousin sister Sangeeta Phogat, and Sakshi Malik being forcefully pushed to the ground by police officials. The scenes of physical confrontation have sparked outrage across the nation.

Prominent figures from various fields voiced their concern and condemned the treatment of the wrestlers. Neeraj Chopra, the reigning Olympic champion in javelin throw, expressed his distress, stating, “I am pained to see this. There has to be a better way to deal with this.” West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee took to Twitter, strongly condemning the incident and demanding the immediate release of the detained athletes. The Communist Party of India (Marxist) branded the police action as “shame on this Govt.,” while Rajasthan Congress MLA Krishna Poonia and former cricketer Manoj Tiwary also denounced the treatment, emphasizing solidarity with the wrestlers.

The detained wrestlers had been actively protesting against the former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief, Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, demanding his arrest for alleged sexual harassment of multiple female wrestlers, including a minor. Despite warnings from the police to refrain from moving towards Parliament, the wrestlers proceeded, resulting in the unfortunate clash.

The manner in which the wrestlers were forcefully dragged, lifted, and bundled into buses, along with their supporters, was captured in distressing visuals. They were then taken to unknown locations, further intensifying concerns about their safety and well-being.

This incident has sparked broader debates about the right to protest, the handling of dissent, and the treatment of athletes who have brought pride and laurels to the country. It raises questions about the need for peaceful dialogue and the importance of addressing grievances in a democratic and respectful manner.

As the nation witnesses this distressing episode, it is crucial for authorities to address the concerns raised by the wrestling community and the public at large. The incident serves as a reminder of the importance of upholding the principles of democracy, tolerance, and safeguarding the rights of individuals, including those who have represented the nation with honor on the international stage.

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