Year later, Ramdev plans Ramlila rerun at Jantar Mantar
A year after he was unceremoniously made to exit Ramlila Maidan by Delhi Police, yoga guru Ramdev is gearing up for another protest on June 3, but this time at Jantar Mantar. Faizan Haider reports.delhi Updated: Apr 19, 2012 00:15 IST
A year after he was unceremoniously made to exit Ramlila Maidan by Delhi Police, yoga guru Ramdev is gearing up for another protest on June 3, but this time at Jantar Mantar.
On the first anniversary of the midnight crackdown on his supporters, Ramdev has sought permission from Delhi Police to hold a one-day protest at Jantar Mantar from 10am to 6pm.
On the night of June 4 last year, Ramdev, along with his supporters, were evicted from the Ramlila Ground.
The crackdown, which continued for over three hours, resulted in the detention of the yoga guru, and he had to be taken to Haridwar by air.
“He has sought permission to hold a dharna at Jantar Mantar on June 3. If they agree to our conditions, then we will allow them to hold the protest,” said a senior police officer.
Sources said that Ramdev wanted to hold a protest against corruption, but he had not given them an intimation on the number of supporters that would come for the protest.
The organisers had sent a letter to the Delhi Police on April 6 but they have not given them a green signal yet.
“We will give an NOC only if they agree to accept our terms and conditions — one of which is that not more than 5,000 people should gather at the protest site. We are analysing his request and we will soon contact the organisers,” the officer added.
Last year, Bharat Swabhiman Trust had taken permission to hold a yoga training camp. But on the first day, police said that no training was organised and instead, leaders from political and religious organisations including Baba Ramdev incited their followers through provocative speeches from the dais.
That day, 39 supporters including four women and 23 policemen had faced injuries and a woman had died later.
Earlier this year, an FIR was filed against Delhi Police personnel for engaging in violence. “We do not want any such situation, so are taking time in giving permission,” the officer added.