Gwalior (PTI): Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur on Tuesday said fair investigation will be conducted into the allegations of sexual harassment levelled by women wrestlers against Wrestling Federation of India chief and BJP MP Brij Bhushan Sharan Singh.

Thakur was here to participate in the convocation of the Laxmibai National Institute of Physical Education.

Asked about the ongoing protest by the wrestlers who are seeking Singh's arrest, the minister said he had already stated that sports and sportspersons were a priority for the government.

"The government has already formed a committee (to probe the allegations against Singh). The police are investigating the matter by registering an FIR. A charge sheet will also be filed and fair investigation will be done," the Union minister said.

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Bengaluru: Karnataka Deputy Chief Minister, DK Shivakumar, has clarified the government's stance on protests related to the Cauvery water issue. While people will not be prevented from staging protests, the government will not permit a 'Karnataka bandh' called for by some pro-Kannada organizations on Friday.

Shivakumar emphasized that the government is committed to providing protection to the citizens. However, he urged the public to adhere to the guidelines issued by the Supreme Court and the Karnataka High Court regarding the organization of bandhs. Instead of calling for bandhs, he encouraged people to engage in lawful protests.

Furthermore, the Deputy CM instructed concerned officials to attend the meeting scheduled by the Cauvery Water Management Authority (CWMA) on Friday in person, rather than participating online. During the meeting, senior agricultural scientists and water experts will explain to CWMA officials the current water supply situation in Karnataka. They will also convey that the state cannot afford to release additional water from the River Cauvery to Tamil Nadu.