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Khap ‘mahapanchayat’ begins in UP’s Muzaffarnagar, to pass resolution on wrestlers’ protest

'Mahapanchayat' being attended by khap leaders from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi

Khap ‘mahapanchayat’ begins in UP’s Muzaffarnagar, to pass resolution on wrestlers’ protest

Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leader Naresh Tikait with khap panchayat members during a mahapanchayat organised over the ongoing protest by wrestlers against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, at Soram village in Muzaffarnagar, on Thursday. PTI Photo



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Muzaffarnagar (UP), June 1

A khap 'mahapanchayat' to discuss the ongoing protest by wrestlers against WFI chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh started in Soram village here on Thursday, Bharatiya Kisan Union (BKU) leaders said.

The 'mahapanchayat' was called by BKU leader Naresh Tikait on Wednesday, a day after he and other farmer leaders managed to dissuade some of India's top wrestlers from throwing their medals in the Ganga river to protest police inaction against the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief in two cases of sexual harassment.

Tikait is the head of Balyan khap. The 'mahapanchayat' is being attended by khap leaders from Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan and Delhi.

The 'mahapanchayat' will pass a resolution at the end of the meeting. It is likely to be passed by the evening after the khap leaders from all states have expressed their views on the issue, a BKU leader said.

On Tuesday, Olympic medallists Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia, and Asian Games gold medallist Vinesh Phogat went to Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar along with their supporters to throw their medals in the Ganga. However, they relented after khap and farmer leaders sought five days' time to address their grievances.

The Delhi Police has filed two FIRs against Singh. While the first FIR relates to allegations by a minor wrestler and has been registered under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, the second is related to outraging modesty. 

Singh, who has repeatedly denied all charges against him, said on Wednesday that he would hang himself if a single allegation is proved against him.

He is scheduled to hold a press conference later on Thursday in Gonda district to highlight the achievements of nine years of the Modi government.  

#bajrang punia #Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh #Rajasthan #Sakshi Malik #Uttarakhand #Vinesh Phogat


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