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Baba Ramdev hospitalised, stable; fast continues

Forcibly administered intravenous glucose in a hospital in Dehradun on the seventh day of his fast, Baba Ramdev declared on Friday that his hunger strike was still on and would continue till the Centre met his demands. Abhinav Madhwal reports. A profile of the yoga guru

india Updated: Jun 11, 2011 09:48 IST
Abhinav Madhwal

Forcibly administered intravenous glucose in a hospital here on the seventh day of his fast, Baba Ramdev declared on Friday that his hunger strike was still on and would continue till the Centre met his demands.

Earlier, following doctors' warnings on his failing health since he has lost nearly 6 kg, Haridwar district authorities shifted the yoga guru to the intensive care unit of Himalayan Institute of Medical Sciences here, 25 km from his ashram.

"His condition is stable," said Dr SL Jethani, medical superintendent of the hospital.

"His liver functions are slightly derailed but his kidney is functioning normally."

In the morning, Ramdev's blood pressure and pulse rate were low. He was dehydrated as well, said Yogesh Chandra Sharma, chief medical officer, Haridwar, who is leading the team of doctors attending to Ramdev.

Ramdev's followers, however, protested the shift and clashed with the police as he was being taken to Dehradun.

Uttarakhand chief minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank said it had become imperative to hospitalise Ramdev, but that he would continue his fast.

Art of Living founder Sri Sri Ravishankar, who met Ramdev at the hospital, also confirmed, "The Baba said he would continue his fast."

Ramdev - who has been on fast since June 4, when his rally at Delhi's Ramlila Maidan was dispersed by the police in a midnight crackdown - on Thursday consumed lemonade and honey at the request of doctors.