Wrestlers' Protest: Khap Leaders Rally for 'Haryana Bandh' today

HARYANA: The villages of Bahadurgarh, supported by clan councils known as khap panchayats and individuals affected by the Haryana Rail Orbital Corridor, have called for a Haryana bandh today, June 14.

Bhup Singh Dalal, the leader of Dalal Khap 84, comprising 84 villages associated with the Dalal clan, has demanded the arrest of Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh, the former chief of the Wrestling Federation of India (WFI), on grounds of allegations of sexual harassment. In response, all khap panchayats and farmer unions have jointly announced a 'Haryana Bandh' on June 14, seeking justice in this matter.

During a meeting held on Sunday, the villagers expressed their intention to "sever ties" between New Delhi and Haryana, intending to disrupt the supply of essential commodities such as milk and vegetables. They have also pledged to garner support for the nationwide strike called Bharat bandh on June 18.

Punia stated that the government has assured the wrestlers that no member of Brij Bhushan's family will be elected to the WFI.

Meanwhile, Vinesh Phogat, a wrestler who is one of the seven female athletes to have filed a police case against Singh, has criticized the slow pace of the police investigation into the matter.

The 28-year-old, who is the first Indian female wrestler to secure gold medals in both the Commonwealth Games and Asian Games, claimed that during training camps and tournaments, Singh would employ "every possible means to target young athletes and repeatedly subject them to inappropriate touching."

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