However, Ganguly kept a low profile and refused to take sides on the issue saying “you don’t talk about things you don’t have full knowledge of”.
India’s best wrestlers, including Vinesh Phogat, Bajrang Punished And Sakshi Malikprotested against the WFI BJP leader and MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh on allegations of sexual harassment, demanding his arrest.
“Let them fight. I really don’t know what’s going on there, I just read in the papers. I realized one thing in the sports world, that you don’t talk about things you don’t. I don’t have full knowledge. I hope this will be resolved. Wrestlers bring a lot of accolades to the country and I hope this will be resolved,” Ganguly said at an event.
On April 23, Bajrang, Vinesh and Sakshi returned to the protest site at Jantar Mantar. They claimed that six female wrestlers and a minor filed a sexual harassment complaint against Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh at Connaught Place Police Station.
Seven days after the protest began, police filed two FIRs against WFI President Brij Bhushan for allegations of sexual harassment and exploitation of female wrestlers by him.
Earlier on Wednesday, Indian Olympic Association (IOA) President PT Usha met with the protesting wrestlers at Jantar Mantar.
Usha, a retired Indian track and field athlete and MP for Rajya Sabha, had previously ruffled feathers with her remarks that wrestlers should have approached the IOA instead of taking to the streets against the WFI and its chairman.
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On Wednesday evening, a fight broke out between protesting wrestlers and Delhi police at the protest site. The wrestlers claimed to have been roughed up and abused by police personnel.
Hours after a scuffle between the wrestlers and Delhi police at the protest site, ace grappler Bajrang Punia said on Thursday that the wrestlers would consider returning the medals, which they have won for the country over the years , if the police continue to dishonor them.
Punia alleged that drunken police officers manhandled wrestlers late Wednesday night when they wanted to bring rollaway beds to the protest site.
“If this is how medal winners are honored, what are these medals for? It is better that we live a modest life and return the medals we have won to the government. The police were drunk and abused the wrestlers by shoving them and abusing them,” Punia told reporters at the protest site.
The protesting wrestlers have made it clear that they will not end their turmoil until they get justice and Brij Bhushan is removed as WFI chief and put behind bars.
(With ANI inputs)