Indian Wrestlers Resume Railways Duties Amidst Ongoing Protest Against Wrestling Federation Chief.

Fight is on, says Sakshi Malik as top wrestlers rejoin work. (Image Source: Hans India)

In a significant development, Indian wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Bajrang Punia, and Vinesh Phogat have resumed their duties in the Railways while continuing their protest against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the Chief of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI). The wrestlers, who have been at the forefront of the protest against Singh, clarified that their return to work does not indicate their withdrawal from the ongoing movement for justice.

Denying the reports of withdrawing from the protest, Sakshi Malik firmly stated, “This is our fight for justice. We will not step back.” Malik added that they have resumed their duties in the Railways but are simultaneously working on their future strategy.

The wrestlers, who have been demanding an impartial probe against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, accused him of sexual harassment, along with six other female wrestlers, including a minor. In their pursuit of justice, the wrestlers met Union Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday, seeking his intervention in the matter. Shah assured them that the law would be upheld and allowed to take its course.

The meeting between the wrestlers and Amit Shah was described as a “normal conversation” by Sakshi Malik. She reiterated their sole demand, emphasizing the arrest of Brij Bhushan Singh. Malik affirmed that they would continue their protest until justice is served.

Following the conclusion of their five-day deadline for action against the Wrestling Federation chief, the wrestlers had sought a meeting with Amit Shah, leading to their interaction. The wrestlers’ resolve to seek justice has remained steadfast, with their unified stance against the alleged wrongdoings of Singh.

Wrestlers Deny Reports of Withdrawing from Protest

Amidst rumors circulating about the wrestlers’ withdrawal from the protest, Sakshi Malik clarified that the news was “completely wrong.” Bajrang Punia echoed her sentiment, dismissing the claims as baseless rumors. Punia also refuted reports suggesting that some of the women wrestlers had withdrawn their complaints against Singh.

Source: Twitter/@SakshiMalik

The wrestlers expressed their commitment to the cause and affirmed that their fight for justice would persist. They maintained that the reports of their withdrawal were attempts to undermine their movement. Additionally, they debunked the notion that the minor girl who accused Singh of sexual harassment had withdrawn her statement.

It is noteworthy that while the wrestlers have resumed their government duties with the Indian Railways, they have made it clear that their return does not indicate their withdrawal from the ongoing protest. The wrestlers continue to seek justice and demand accountability from the Wrestling Federation of India.

Accusations of Job Threats Emerge Against Wrestling Federation Chief

In a fresh turn of events, the wrestlers accused Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh of allegedly threatening their jobs. Responding to Singh’s statements belittling their achievements, Bajrang Punia tweeted that their lives were at stake, and a job was of minimal importance in comparison to justice. The wrestlers’ tweets came after Singh said in a media interview that the wrestlers should return the money and their medals will be sold for Rs. 15. The wrestlers emphasized that they would not hesitate to leave their jobs if they posed an obstacle to their pursuit of justice.

Praneetha Bandaru is a student of journalism, psychology, and English at CHRIST (Deemed to be University), Bengaluru.

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