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Police struggle to explain 1 am swoop

The Delhi Police, which has to file a reply in the Supreme Court on its crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s supporters on the night of June 4, is struggling to justify the timing of the swoop — 1 am.

delhi Updated: Jun 16, 2011 00:55 IST
Faizan Haider

The Delhi Police, which has to file a reply in the Supreme Court on its crackdown on yoga guru Baba Ramdev’s supporters on the night of June 4, is struggling to justify the timing of the swoop — 1 am. The force is to submit its reply before June 20, but may have to do so on Friday as June 18 and 19 are holidays.

It has scanned CCTV footage of the Ramlila grounds, where Ramdev was on an anti-corruption fast along with his supporters, as well as video footage provided by TV channels.

“Evidence suggests that most people were injured due to stampede, not because of lathicharge. But the timing of the crackdown is odd and the Delhi Police is finding it difficult to justifying that,” said a senior police officer on condition of anonymity.

“Choosing 1am to disperse the sleeping crowd was absurd,” the officer said.

Medical reports from various hospitals show that 30 of 39 supporters admitted were injured due to stampede, the police said.

“During the first day of the training camp, leaders from political and religious organisations incited followers through provocative speeches,” the officer said, explaining the need for the police crackdown.