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Wrestlers' Protest: Security Beefed Up At Jantar Mantar After Scuffle Between Delhi Police And Protestors

On Wednesday late night, police detained Rajya Sabha MP Dipendra Hooda and chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Swati Maliwal who had reached the spot to support the wrestlers.

Wrestler Vinesh Phogat speaks at the protest site in Jantar Mantar
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Following a scuffle that broke out between the protesting wrestlers and some police personnel yesterday, the Delhi Police on Thursday morning made a heavy deployment of security personnel at Jantar Mantar.

Scuffle between Delhi Police and protestors

According to protestors, two wrestlers Rahul Yadav and Dushyant Phogat were injured where Phogat has received head injuries.

The wrestlers have also alleged that they were manhandled by the police personnel.

In a video being circulated on social media platforms, some of the protesters can be heard accusing a police personnel of attacking two wrestlers under the influence of alcohol.

The accused policeman is seen sitting in the video, while the protesters allege that his colleagues were mute spectators.

On Wednesday late night, police detained Rajya Sabha MP Dipendra Hooda and chairperson of the Delhi Commission for Women (DCW) Swati Maliwal who had reached the spot to support the wrestlers.

Security beefed up at Jantar Mantar

Multiple layers of barricades have been put up around the protest site and no one is being allowed in.

Reportedly, the security got beefed up after wrestlers called for farmers and their leaders to assemble at the protest site on Thursday morning.

Police are also checking vehicles at city border points to stop a large gathering at Jantar Mantar, an official said who didn't wish to be named.

 The wrestlers have been staging a sit-in at Jantar Mantar since April 23. They have levelled allegations of sexual harassment against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, who is also a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) MP from Uttar Pradesh.

(With PTI Inputs)

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