Indian High Comm takes up harassment issue

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London, May 16: In a reaction to the letter from Indian shooters alleging harassment at ISSF World Cup in Dorset, Indian High Commission has taken up the issue with the event"s organisers and has asked them to look into the matter.

The Indian team manager, M Padmanabhan had written to the Indian High Comission, complaining about the harassment faced by the Indian shooters at the hands of the event organisers.

In his letter, Padmanabhan said that the transport department transport supervisor Mike had asked ace trap shooter and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Manavjit Singh Sandhu and ill treated the rest of the staff when they protest to his treatment.

"Our Indian shooters were in the process of boarding the bus from the ranges to the official hotel when the driver slammed the door shut on the Indian shooter waiting outside and left him at the range. When the other shooters on the bus strongly objected, the driver turned back and went to the supervisor of the transport dept, Mike."

"Mike then returned to the bus and yelled and screamed at our shooters and insulted them. He was very very rude and threatened the team with dire circumstances," Padmanabhan wrote in his letter.

"Two days earlier the same transport department had forced our two women shooters, Shreyasi and Shagun to get off the bus. They were humiliated thus in front of all other competing nations," the letter said.

“We are feeling very insecure, insulted and threatened in the current atmosphere and the shooters will be unable to give their best at their events," Padmanabhan said.

Meanwhile, Tom Wehnham, Event Manager, ISSF World Cup Shooting said that he had received a complain from the team bus driver that she verbally abused by an Indian athelete.

"We received a report from the driver of the team bus that she was verbally abused by an Indian athlete," Tom said.

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