Undaunted by Saturday night’s police action, Baba Ramdev’s followers are planning another “yoga shivir” near Delhi. Only this time, the camp will be bigger and grander than the one in the Capital’s Ramlila Ground.
“The government has now dug its own grave,” said Acharya Virendra Vikram, president of the Delhi-NCR circle of Ramdev’s Bharat Swabhimaan.
“We have given instructions to bring in more supporters and make it a larger platform for protest. The government doesn’t know the strength of the support we have.”
The senior executives, who form the core group of Ramdev’s organisational strength in the national capital region and nearby areas, will meet on Monday to discuss the logistics. What is clear is that they plan to come back with vengeance.
Officials are already in talks with the people directly involved with the logistical requirements. “If they (the government) thought the Ramlila ground was a big gathering, they should see the next one. The government will fall on its face,” he told HT.
Stories of alleged police atrocities are fanning the camp’s ire and appear to be setting the tone for the next gathering.
“There were women and children sleeping at the tent. The police barged in and started beating them up. This is no way to treat peaceful people,” said RS Gaba, patron of the party in Delhi.
In charge of the medical facility at the tent, Dr Gyan Singh said five doctors and 12 women on duty at the medical camp in the night are missing. “They were beaten up inside the tent while I was dragged out. The police did not let me in as they unleashed havoc inside. The mobile phones of my staff are switched off. Their families are worried,” he said.
The police crackdown destroyed 30 Intensive Care Unit beds at the camp and countless medical instruments, he claimed.
“We had made arrangements for 1.5 lakh people, so you can imagine how much medical equipment was there,” Singh said getting out of the Lok Nayak hospital where the injured—most from outside Delhi—were receiving treatment. “Women, children and the aged from outside Delhi had no clue where to go after the police were through with them,” he said.