The Delhi police have started preparing to defend themselves in court on the midnight crackdown on Baba Ramdev’s supporters last week and claimed that most of the victims got injured because of stampede.
As per medical reports obtained from different hospitals where the injured were admitted, the police claimed, out of 39 supporters, 30 were injured in a stampede. While out of 23 police personnel who were injured that day, 12 were injured during the stampede.
“We have obtained the medico legal certificate (MLC) from hospitals where the injured were rushed after the stampede. Among general public, 30 faced injuries due to stampede, five due to assault, three after falling and only one person faced injuries by stick,” said a senior police officer requesting anonymity.
Police said 39 supporters, including four women and 23 policemen, had sustained injuries and all of them were discharged after first aid except three who were critical.
Police is examining the video recording of the whole incident as they have to submit a reply to the Supreme Court.
“We are probing the case on various aspects. In the process, several people will be questioned and video footage are a crucial part of the evidence,” Sudhir Yadav, joint commissioner of police (northern range), said.
Police is also looking for one Acharya Virendra Vikram who had applied for permission to hold Yoga Shivir at Ramlila ground.
“He is the president of Bharat Swabhiman trust and the permission was not granted to hold any rally. He is guilty for misguiding police,” the officer added.
“During the first day of the training camp, no yoga training was organised and leaders from political and religious organisations incite followers through provocative speeches. There were over 50,000 people in the ground on Saturday while the permission was for only 5,000. Also, the capacity of the ground was 50,000 and the numbers must have increased on Sunday,” he further said.
A case of rioting, prevention of damage to public property and obstruction to public servant in discharge of public duties has been registered at Kamla Market police station.