Vinesh Phogat Hits Back At Yogeshwar Dutt, Calls Him Brij Bhushan's Lackey

Phogat also alleged that Yogeshwar had laughed off the sexual harassment complaints against the WFI chief during the oversight panel hearings where he told one of the women wrestlers that "such things happen".

Vinesh alleged that Yogeshwar tried to mentally disintegrate the complainants during the hearings.

Fireworks continue to explode in Indian wrestling. On Friday, Vinesh Phogat took on her compatriot Yogeshwar Dutt. The wrestling world, she said, will remember Dutt for being a spineless lackey of outgoing WFI president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh. This was hours after the London Olympic medallist questioned the exemption granted to her and five others from the Asian Games and World Championships trials. (More Wrestling News)

Phogat also alleged that Dutt had laughed off the sexual harassment complaints against the WFI chief during the oversight panel hearings. He even told one of the women wrestlers that "such things happen".

The oversight panel was formed by the government to probe the sexual harassment allegations against Singh. Dutt was one of its members. The government had not made public all the findings of the probe.

A London Olympic medallist, Dutt posted a Twitter video on Friday. In it, he questioned the logic and criteria behind the trials exemption granted to Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punia, Sakshi Malik, Sangeeta Phogat, Satywart Kadian and Jitender Kinha, who had protested against the WFI chief. Two hours after Dutt's tweet, Vinesh came out with a long statement.

"The whole wrestling world understood that Yogeshwar was eating leftovers from Brij Bhushan's plate. If anyone raises voice against injustice in the society, then Yogeshwar definitely vomits," Vinesh wrote on her official twitter page.

Vinesh, a double Asian Games and triple CWG gold medallist, called Yogeshwar a Brij Bhushan lackey and someone who had turned his back on his own fraternity.

"Wrestling world will always remember you for licking the feet of Brij Bhushan," she wrote.

"As long as a Jaichand like Yogeshwar remains in wrestling, surely the spirits of the oppressors will remain high," she said in a reference to Kanauj King Jaichand, who is historically remembered for conspiring with Muhammad of Ghor to defeat Prithviraj Chauhan.


Vinesh also alleged that Yogeshwar tried to manipulate the complainants during the hearings.

"When I heard Yogeshwar Dutt's ugly laugh, it stuck in my mind. He was a part of both the committees, formed to probe allegations (by wrestlers). When women wrestlers were narrating their ordeals in front of the committee members, he used to laugh. 

"When two female wrestlers came out to drink water, he followed them and said nothing will happen to Brij Bhushan. Go and resume your practice," the cousin of BJP leader Babita Phogat, remarked.

Vinesh also alleged that Yogeshwar asked female wrestlers to agree for a compromise and drop charges against Singh.

"He told another female wrestler in a very lewd manner that all this (sexual harassment) happens, don't create a big issue out of it. Let me know if you need anything. After the committee meeting, Yogeshwar leaked the names of women complainants to Brij Bhushan and the media. 

"He also called the family members of many women wrestlers and told them to keep their daughters under control. He was already publicly giving statements against women wrestlers, yet he was kept in both the committees. 

"He constantly prevented wrestlers and coaches from joining the protest. The whole wrestling world understood that Yogeshwar was eating out of Brij Bhushan's plate," she wrote.

She accused Yogeshwar of making unsavoury remarks about the 'jawans' in Indian Army, students, and people from minority community.

"Earlier he made cheap comments about farmers, jawans, students, Muslims, Sikhs and now he is engaged in defaming women wrestlers."

Vinesh said Yogeshwar hasn't been able to win any election because he is a traitor and a "poisonous snake".

"Because of betraying the society, you have fallen on your face twice in the elections. And I challenge that you will never win an election in your life, because the society is always careful of poisonous snakes and never lets it set foot."

Vinesh warned Yogeshwar that he better not try to break the mental fortitude of women wrestlers as they can't be defeated by an "insensitive person" like him.

(Inputs from PTI). 

"Don't apply force to break women wrestlers' resolve, they have very strong intent. You might end up with a broken back. You have already put your spine in Brij Bhushan's feet. You are very insensitive person, who is flattering a tyrant," she added.