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Wrestlers put off medal immersion in Ganga after BKU chief Naresh Tikait seeks 5-day time to resolve issue

Hand over medals to BKU chief

Wrestlers put off medal immersion in Ganga after BKU chief Naresh Tikait seeks 5-day time to resolve issue

Protesting wrestlers at the Har Ki Pauri in Haridwar on Tuesday. Tribune Photo



Tribune News Service

New Delhi, May 30

Agitating wrestlers, including Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia, handed their medals to Bhartiya Kisan Union chief and Balian Khap head Naresh Tikait, who had reached Haridwar's Har ki Pauri to stop them from putting these into the Ganga as a symbolic act of protest against Wrestling Federation of India Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, whom they have accused of sexual harassment.

Tikait, along with the wrestlers, have now given five days to the government to sort out their demands, failing which wrestlers will go ahead with their decision to submerge their medals in the Ganga.

A large gathering assembled at Har ki Pauri, witnessing the wrestlers' poignant demonstration after they reached there with their world championship and Olympic medals.

Emotions ran high, and Sakshi, Vinesh, and Vinesh's cousin Sangeeta were visibly overcome, and their husbands offered consolation as their numerous supporters formed a protective circle.

Earlier, after reaching Har ki Pauri, the wrestlers stood in solemn silence for approximately 20 minutes. Subsequently, they took a seat by the riverbank, clutching their medals and their expressions reflecting profound distress.

The wrestlers had also announced that they will sit on a hunger strike at India Gate after the immersion programme, but Delhi Police sources said that they will not be allowed to protest at the national monument.

19:44 30 May
Wrestlers plan to immerse medals in Ganga shameful for country: Punjab CM Mann

Punjab Chief Minister Bhagwant Mann Tuesday said it was shameful for the country that the wrestlers planned to immerse their medals in the Ganga as they were fed up with the central government.

19:11 30 May
Whole country is crying: Kejriwal

Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said there are tears in the eyes of the whole country. He said the Prime Minister should leave his arrogance now.  

18:59 30 May
Farm leaders reaching Haridwar to meet wrestlers

BKU chief Rakesh Tikait in a tweet assured the wrestlers that farm leaders and Khap representatives were coming to meet them at Haridwar. He appealed to the players to not take any step in haste. 

18:45 30 May
Coaches ask wrestlers to desist from extreme step

Wrestlers are still sitting at the Har Ki Pauri as last moment deliberations with their coaches is going on. It is said that coaches don't want these wrestlers to take the extreme step of immersing their medals into the Ganga.

18:35 30 May
Deepender Hooda appeals to wrestlers not to throw medals into Ganga

 Congress leader Deepender Hooda on Tuesday appealed to protesting wrestlers Sakshi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Bajrang Punia not to go ahead with their decision to throw away their medals in the Ganga at Haridwar.

Rajya Sabha member Deepender Hooda, in tweet, said: "You have not got these medals with the grace of BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, but you have got them through years of hard work and dedication," he said.

18:28 30 May
Wrestlers break into tears

Top wrestlers of the country including Sakhi Malik, Vinesh Phogat and Sangeeta Phogat beark into tears ahead of the immersion of their medals into the Ganga. 

18:11 30 May
Emotional scenes at Har Ki Pauri

Emotional scenes are being witnessed at Har Ki Pauri where wrestlers are huddled holding their medals. They are reportedly waiting for Bajrang Punia, who is talking to a few coaches. 

17:56 30 May
Wrestlers will not be allowed to protest at India Gate: Police sources  

The agitating wrestlers will not be allowed to shift their sit-in to India Gate as the national monument is not a site for demonstrations and alternative places for their dharna will be suggested, police sources said on Tuesday.

17:53 30 May
Wrestlers carry their Olympic Medals

While Sakshi Malik is carrying her framed medal from the Rio Olympics, Bajrang's Tokyo Olympics medal is with his wife Sangeeta.

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