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Bajrang Punia attacks Delhi Police after FIRs are filed against the WFI chief and Jantar Mantar’s power and water are cut off.

Olympic medallist Bajran Punia posted on Instagram on Friday, hours after the Delhi Police filed two first information reports (FIR) against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) president Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, saying that electricity had been shut off at the wrestlers’ protest site.

He claimed that barricades had also been erected at Jantar Mantar, where India’s top wrestlers had gathered to protest the sexual harassment claims made against Singh. He further accused the Delhi Police of cutting off food and water supplies. He informed his followers during an Instagram live session that wrestlers had also been advised to stop their protesting minutes after the filing of FIRs.

Punia claimed to media representatives that the police are putting them under pressure following the Supreme Court notice to the Delhi Police, claiming that the ACP indicated they won’t allow food and drink in regardless of what.

“Police advised sleeping on the road if you wanted to protest. There was no such issue previously; the pressure from the Supreme Court is the only reason this has happened, he added. “What type of pressure has arrived on them today?

The bronze medalist from the Tokyo Olympics reportedly accused the police of ‘beating up’ individuals tasked with delivering supplies to the protest location. No matter how severely the police administration tortures us, we will protest until justice is done, he declared.

Satyawart Kadian, a wrestler and the husband of Olympian Sakshi Malik, questioned why the police took so long to file the FIR in a statement to the news agency ANI. He demanded that the future of female wrestlers be safeguarded and that politics be kept out of the sport.

“It’s a good thing that a FIR was filed. What will the FIR tell us? Can FIR bring us justice? The first day should have seen the Delhi Police file a FIR. Our battle on paper has barely begun. Let’s hear from our legal counsel and coaches. We are requesting that politics and wrestling be kept apart and that the future of our female wrestlers be guaranteed, he told ANI.