Indian wrestlers have taken to the streets in protest, amidst growing support for star wrestler Bajrang Punia. According to reports, Punia is currently being held in police custody without access to food and water.
Punia, who is a two-time Olympic medallist and three-time World Championships medallist, was arrested earlier this week in connection with a brawl that took place at a local restaurant in his home state of Haryana. While Punia has denied any involvement in the incident, he has been detained by the police for questioning.
His arrest has sparked outrage among the wrestling community, with several wrestlers staging a protest in front of the police station where Punia is being held. The protesters have alleged that Punia is being denied basic facilities such as food and water, and have demanded his immediate release.
Speaking to reporters, Punia’s father, Balwan Singh, said that his son had been falsely implicated in the case. “Bajrang has nothing to do with the incident. He was simply having dinner with his friends when the brawl broke out. He was not involved in any way,” he said.
The wrestler’s arrest has also sparked a social media campaign, with several celebrities and politicians calling for his release. Sports Minister Anurag Thakur has also tweeted in support of Punia, saying that he is a “pride of India” and that the government is closely monitoring the situation.
Punia, who is considered one of India’s top athletes, has won several international tournaments and is widely regarded as a medal prospect for the country at the upcoming 2024 Paris Olympics.
The incident has once again highlighted the issue of police brutality and the treatment of athletes in India. Many athletes have complained about the lack of support and facilities provided to them by the government, and have demanded better treatment.
The situation remains tense in Haryana, with the police maintaining a heavy presence outside the police station where Punia is being held. The wrestler’s fans and supporters have vowed to continue their protest until he is released.