Haryana wrestling body suspends three top district officials
Haryana Amateur Wrestling Association has suspended three district secretaries for their alleged involvement in the ongoing wrestling protest against the Wrestling Federation of India's chief. The protest was initiated by several wrestlers who accused the WFI president of sexual harassment and intimidation.
Haryana Amateur Wrestling Association (HAWA) has suspended the secretaries of three affiliated district units for their alleged involvement in the agitation against Wrestling Federation of India (WFI) chief Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh in Delhi.
HAWA president Rohtash Singh issued a letter suspending Virender Singh Dalal of Jhajjar, Sanjay Singh Malik of Hisar and Jai Bhagwan of Mewat, and termed their alleged involvement in the ongoing wrestling protest at the national capital as “unethical”.
The HAWA chief said, “All three are still continuing their activities with the protesters, which is purely unethical and is against the objectives, rules and regulations of the WFI as well as HAWA.”
Rohtash’s decision, however, brought to light the differences which have arisen within the HAWA, which is affiliated to WFI, with its general secretary Rakesh Singh calling the suspension of the district officials as a wrong move.
Rakesh claimed that the HAWA president has no power to suspend them. The circumstances in which they (the three district officials) have been suspended are wrong and misleading, he said.
Rohtash had also issued another order banning Ajay Singh Dhanda and Jai Bhagwan Lathar, the managers of Shaheed Bhagat Singh Wrestling Academy in Mirchpur village of Hisar. The president said the academy and both the managers have been banned with immediate effect for allegedly playing a part in anti-HAWA and WFI activities.
Several wrestlers have been protesting at Jantar Mantar in Delhi since April 23, levelling charges of sexual harassment against the WFI chief, a Bharatiya Janata Party MP from Uttar Pradesh.
The protesters have been demanding criminal action against Singh for alleged sexual harassment and intimidation of seven female wrestlers, including a minor.
The Delhi police have filed two FIRs against the WFI president on April 28. The wrestlers, however, demanded that he be arrested.