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Man from Yoga Guru's convoy held

Gaurav, who travelled with Ramdev in a chopper to Himachal, was arrested for his suspicious activities.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 21:31 IST

The security cover for popular yoga guru Ramdev was tightened on Sunday, a day after a man with "suspicious activities" was arrested in Hamirpur, Himachal Pradesh, Chief Minister Vir Bhadra Singh said.

Hamirpur police on Saturday had arrested the man - identified as Gaurav, who travelled from Punjab to Himachal Pradesh with Singh and the yoga guru in a chopper.

Police detained Gaurav, a resident of Jalandhar, as his activities were suspicious. He was later produced before a magistrate who remanded him in police custody for interrogation.

A Punjab Police team from Jalandhar arrived in Hamirpur on Sunday afternoon to interrogate Gaurav.

Talking to reporters after the first day's session of Ramdev's week-long camp in Hamirpur, Singh had said, "If needed, the man will also be handed over to the Punjab Police for interrogation."

He said the man was able to board the chopper due to some misunderstanding between the security personnel and the yoga guru's staff.

Admitting that this was a serious issue and such lapses should not reoccur, Singh said the police were interrogating the man and a case had been registered against him.

The identity of the arrested man was yet to be established.

Meanwhile, Ramdev said he was not worried about any threat to his life, adding that he had got adequate security from the states he visited from time to time to conduct yoga camps.

He, however, refused to say more about the arrest of the person from the NIT guesthouse, where he was camping.

"The government agencies are enquiring into the matter, let them do their duty," he said.

Hamirpur police, led by Inspector Rajesh Kumar Sharma, interrogated Gaurav.

Hamirpur Superintendent of Police Daljit Thakur told reporters that police were trying to find out how Gaurav managed to enter the government chopper.

A number of identity cards of various media organisations as well as of security agencies have been recovered from him.