'Let law take its course': Amit Shah told wrestlers during Saturday meeting

Protesting wrestler Bajrang Punia has announced a mahapanchayat

INDIA-WRESTLING/PROTESTS Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, and Sakshi Malik address a news conference | PTI

The wrestlers, who were protesting seeking the arrest of Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Singh, met Home Minister Amit Shah on Saturday. This came as the five-day deadline set by the agitators seeking Brij Bhushan's arrest ended on Saturday.

Star wrestler Bajrang Punia told NDTV that they met the Home Minister late on Saturday around 11 pm at his Delhi home. The meeting reportedly lasted for more than an hour. Punia was accompanied by fellow wrestlers Sakshee Malikkh, Sangita Phogat and Satyawart Kadian.

While the wrestlers demanded an impartial probe and quick action against Brij Bhushan, the Home Minister told the wrestlers that the law remains the same for everyone. "Let the law take its own course," he reportedly told the wrestlers. 

Singh is accused of sexually harassing several female grapplers, including a minor.

Meanwhile, Punia on Sunday said that the wrestlers will hold a mahapanchayat of their own soon. He was speaking at a gathering where former J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik and RLD Chief Jayant Chaudhary shared the stage. 

Malik, who has of late been a vocal critic of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, castigated the central government over its handling of the wrestlers' demands, as he urged the people to throw out the government in the next Lok Sabha election.

 Punia requested speakers at the event not to announce any decision, saying grapplers will be calling a Mahapanchayat in another 3-4 days. "We will hold one mahapanchayat and will give a call for that. We will decide the venue. We want to bring everyone together for that Panchayat, we don't want us to be divided," he said.

He said their battle was not for any particular caste but for honour and respect. "If we remain divided, we cannot win."

Punia's statement comes as Khap leaders at another 'Mahapanchayat' in Kurukshetra on Friday threatened to picket Jantar Mantar this Friday if their demand was not met.


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