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Detention of wrestlers: Stalin takes center hostage, says ‘Sengol’ ‘bent’ on very first day


The center focused on wrestlers’ protest against BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh for alleged sexual assault. Tamil Nadu Prime Minister MK Stalin reacted sharply to the detention of wrestlers by police in Delhi on Sunday.

Delhi police have arrested wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia for breach of public order after they broke the security cordon while trying to go to the new parliament building for a planned ‘Mahapanchayat’ for women.

Stalin said that the “Sengol” installed in the new parliament building “bent” on the very first day. are symbolic of righteous governance and the maintenance of justice.

The ‘Sengol’ was installed in the new parliament building on Sunday, after its inauguration by Modi.

The wrestlers had resumed their agitation against former Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan on April 23, demanding his arrest over alleged sexual harassment of several female wrestlers, including a minor.

Stalin said on Twitter that months have passed since the female wrestlers raised the allegations against the BJP MP, but the Saffron Party leadership has not acted against Singh.

“The police detaining them after dragging them is blameworthy. This shows that the Sengol is bent on the first day. Is it fair that such an atrocity would also happen on a day of (new parliament) inauguration bypassing the president and in the midst of an opposition boycott,” said Stalin, also head of the ruling DMK in Tamil Nadu.

(With input from agencies)

Updated: May 28, 2023, 10:38 PM IST

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