‘Wrestlers’ demands accepted’: Thakur calls for end to dharna

Lucknow: Making an appeal to the wrestlers protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi, Union Sports and Youth Welfare Minister Anurag Singh Thakur called on them to end their dharna as their demands have been accepted.
Speaking to reporters here on Friday on the sidelines of the launch of the logo and mascot of 3rd Khelo India Unversity Games, Thakur said, “I request the wrestlers sitting at Jantar Mantar should end their agitation. The government is fulfilling all their demands. The Supreme Court has also given its order in this matter. Now, the wrestlers should fully cooperate with a fair investigation and let the Delhi Police do their work.”
He assured the agitating wrestlers that the government will try its best to ensure that the wrestlers get justice and this will be done within the purview of the law.
Thakur said Delhi Police has registered an FIR and investigation was underway.
“We have accepted the legitimate demands of the wrestlers and law will take its own course in Brijbhushan Saran Singh’s case,” he added.
Earlier, on Friday, April 30, the Delhi Police registered FIR against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh and also named his close aide and the federation’s assistant secretary, Vinod Tomar.
While the first FIR pertained to allegations of a minor wrestler and was registered under the POCSO Act, the second, based on the complaints of the women wrestlers, named Singh and Tomar, said police sources. A senior police officer at the Delhi Police headquarters confirmed that the second FIR, registered at the Connaught Place police station, names Singh and Tomar. Both have been booked under IPC Sections 354A (making sexually coloured remarks) and 354D (stalking).

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