Published On: Mon, May 29th, 2023

Wrestlers not allowed to protest at Jantar Mantar: Delhi Police

New Delhi: A day after the Delhi Police cleared the sit-in site of the protesting wrestlers, the security force on Monday said they will be allowed to demonstrate at a suitable place in the city other than Jantar Mantar.

What they did yesterday was against law and order

“The demonstration by the wrestlers was going on smoothly at the notified place of Jantar Mantar. On Sunday, the protestors flouted the law, ignoring our repeated requests. Hence, we cleared the site and ended the dharna,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (New Delhi) tweeted in Hindi.

“If the wrestlers will apply for permission to stage their sit-in again in the future, they will be allowed to do so at any suitable notified place other than Jantar Mantar,” it said.

Wrestlers Vinesh Phogat, Sakshi Malik and Bajrang Punia along with other protesters were booked for rioting and obstructing public servant in discharge of duty on Sunday after a scuffle with security personnel who tried to stop them from marching to the new Parliament building as it was being inaugurated. Soon after, the Delhi Police cleared the site of their over-month-long sit-in at Jantar Mantar and said they would not be allowed to return there.

The police said 700 people were detained across the national capital. As many as 109 protesters, including the three wrestlers, were detained at Jantar Mantar. Women detainees were released later in the evening on Sunday.

Elaborating further, Delhi Police PRO Suman Nalwa said the police force had been cooperating with the protesters but Sunday’s incident forced them to take the extreme step and clear the protest site.

“The wrestlers had been protesting for the last 38 days and we were cooperating with them. We were supplying them with water and even generator sets. They also had free entry and exit,” she said.

The officer further said the wrestlers had sought permission for organising a march on May 17 and that they also took out a candle march on May 23 but “what they did yesterday was against law and order”.

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