Sakshee Malikkh withdraws from wrestlers' protest

Malikkh rejoined her Northern Railways post

sakshee-malikkh-pti Police detain wrestler Sakshee Malikkh during wrestlers' protest march towards new Parliament building, in New Delhi | PTI

Olympic medal-winning wrestler Sakshee Malikkh, who has been at the forefront of the ongoing wrestlers' protest against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, withdrew from the agitation today.

The move comes just days after Home Minister Amit Shah met the wrestlers and assured them that law remains same for everyone and that it “will take its own course”. She has, reportedly, rejoined duty at the Northern Railways.

Malikkh, along with several other Olympic and World Championship medal-winning wrestlers like Bajrang Punia, Vinesh Phogat and Sangeeta Phogat, have been agitating for the arrest of BJP MP and WFI chief Singh, who is accused of sexually harassing several female grapplers, including a minor.

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The protesting wrestlers, reportedly, had sought a meeting with Shah after their five-day deadline for action against Singh ended on Saturday. The home minister met the wrestlers late on Saturday night.

The wrestlers demanded an impartial probe and quick action against Singh.

Meanwhile, Punia, on Sunday, announced wrestlers will hold a mahapanchayat of their own soon, speaking at a gathering where former J&K Governor Satya Pal Malik and RLD chief Jayant Chaudhary were also present.

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

Khap leaders at another 'Mahapanchayat' in Kurukshetra on Friday had demanded the arrest of the WFI chief and threatened to picket Jantar Mantar on June 9 if their demand was not met.

Earlier, farmers outfits had also held a 'Khap Mahapanchayat' in Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.

The Friday mahapanchayat was attended by farmer leader Rakesh Tikait.


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