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Sanjib Kr Baruah, Hindustan Times
New Delhi, October 03, 2012
The mystery over who ordered the midnight swoop on Ramdev and his supporters late on June 4, 2011, at Ramlila ground has further deepened several months after the controversial police move.

In reply to a right to information query posed by Hisar-based transparency activist Ramesh Verma, the central district of Delhi police — in whose jurisdiction is Ramlila ground — has responded that it is not known who ordered the midnight crackdown.

On June 4 last year, Delhi police had evicted Ramdev from the ground before bundling him off in a helicopter to his ashram in Uttarakhand. Hundreds of his supporters who had camped at the ground in support of the yoga televangelist’s anti-corruption campaign were also forcibly removed.

Nor do the police claim to have any information on how the decision to evict Ramdev was taken. The RTI activist had asked for a detailed report on the steps leading to the decision.

The Supreme Court had castigated both the Delhi police and Ramdev for the incident and had said both had acted irresponsibly.

The top court had asked the Delhi government and the police commissioner to register cases against the policemen who caused injuries and those who used batons and fired tear gas in the crackdown.

The central district police have said in the RTI response that eight rounds of tear gas were used while water cannons were used to control the crowd. The police have also admitted to the number of injured at 26 while 19 cases could not be verified. 

An apex court bench of Justices BS Chauhan and Swatanter Kumar had said: “The incident shows might of the state which strikes at the foundation of democracy. It is a glaring example of trust deficit between people governing and people being governed.”