Five junior riders of Madhya Pradesh Equestrian Academy have been suspended for allegedly passing indecent remarks on two women fencers on Saturday night. Out of the five, four are gold medallists in national junior championship in various categories. The girls are inmates of the State Fencing Academy and live on the same premises as the riders. The riders suspended are Anand Jhala, Abhishek
Upadhyay, Dutta, Zafar Khan and Faisal Khan.
According to information, some junior riders were roaming in their inner-wears on Saturday evening when the two girls passed through. The riders allegedly passed indecent comments on the girls.
The girls complained to their coach, who in turn informed director, sports, Dr Shailendra Shrivastava and administrator of Tatya Tope stadium PS Bundela.
The officials immediately suspended the riders and expelled them from the hostel. Talking to HT, Dr Shailendra Shrivastava said, " I will not allow any indecent behaviour with the girls. They have been suspended on the charges of indiscipline. The matter has been sent to the disciplinary committee and the committee will decide the matter. We will not allow any type of indiscipline in the sports academy. We have also called their parents and informed them about the issue."
The riders, on the other hand, pleaded their innocence and said no one was prepared to listen to them. Three of them pleading anonymity, said, “We were suddenly asked to leave the hostel at 9pm. We don’t know who had teased the girls and why we were suspended.”
He said that they should have been given at least a chance to present their side. Another player said that he along with a friend was sitting at the stairs leading to their room and had nothing to do with incident. “We had to stay out in the open the whole night in chilly winter,” they complained.