NEW DELHI (TIP): A group of hockey players as well as fans held a protest rally in the Capital on February 5 to demand the coveted Bharat Ratna for hockey legend Dhyan Chand. A memo was also presented to the Prime Minister’s office requesting it to expedite the process of giving Dhyan Chand his due, former hockey player Rajesh Chauhan, who led the rally, said in a press release.

Those who took part in the rally included former Indian women’s team captain Pritamrani Thakran and former international players Sandeep Shaukeen, Ajay Saroha and Vivek Gupta, the release added. The demonstration was organized by a Delhi based volunteer organization ‘Rashta Samman Abhiyaan’ which is planning to hold a series of demonstrations and rallies throughout the country over the issue. “The next rally is planned from Amristar to Delhi,” Chauhan added.