Resentment prevails among the residents of the native village of Baba Ramdev in Mahendergarh district of Haryana against the police action on the Satyagrahis in Delhi's Ramlila ground on the intervening night of June 4 and 5 last.
While the crusade launched by Ramdev against corruption and the black money deposited in foreign banks has the full backing of his co-villagers, they are agitated over brutal police action on the Baba and his peaceful followers.
Two bus loads of villagers, led by Suneeta, the woman sarpanch of Saed Alipur, had joined Ramdev in Delhi to expressed their solidarity with the Satyagraha, they are contemplating to go to Hardwar to join the Baba who is continuing his fast there.When asked to comment on the Baba's campaign against corruption and black money, Ram Avtar, a farmer returning from his fields, said, "RamKishan (original name of Baba Ramdev) achchha kaam kar raha hai par sarkar ne raat mein bura kaand kiya".
A youth Raj Kumar said that the villagers were glued to TV on that night when police resorted to lathi charge on innocent people and arrested Baba Ramdev. Gaon walon mein sarkar ke khilaf gussa hai". Panch Kartar Singh told HT that men and women from the village had gone to Delhi on June 4 last to support the crusade against corruption. "But, the police action was unwarranted as the Satyagrahis were peaceful", he said.
Krishna, accompanying her daughter in law at a public water tank to fetch water, said, "Ramdev garibon ke liye achchha kaam kar raha hai". Abou the June 4 happenings in Delhi, a farmer Lalchand said, ‘Sarkar ne pehle aashvaasan dekar phir dhokha kiya". Neeraj and Shakti, both school boys, were also well aware of the police action. Neeraj said, "Baba nai koot diyo police ala (Baba was beaten up by police personnel)". Commenting on the police action, Sarpanch Suneeta said, "Gaon walon ke dil mein dard hai. Police ne auraton aur bachchon ko bhi nahin baksha".
Ramdev's elder brother Dev Dutt, alongwith his wife Dhanmaya and their daughter Deepika, has also been continuing fast in the village. To express their anger over the police action in Delhi, the natives of the Baba's village here on Monday came out of their houses in the evening and took out a procession carrying an effigy of Congress President Sonia Gandhi and shouting slogans against the United Progress Alliance (UPA) government at the centre and the Delhi Police.
The protesters, including women and children,set afire the effigy outside the village chaupal after the procession. Before being set on fire, the Sonia's effigy was given a thorough beating by the irate villagers who used slippers to give vent to their anger.