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Ramdev Baba’s follower attempts suicide

A Ramdev Baba follower attempted to drown himself to protest against the black money problem.

mumbai Updated: Jun 14, 2011 01:03 IST
Bhavika Jain
Bhavika Jain
Hindustan Times

A Ramdev Baba follower attempted to drown himself to protest against the black money problem.

However, A flood and rescue team rescued him as he took the plunge at the Gateway of India on Monday.

Girish Harishchandra Chaudhary, 26, an Amravati resident, claimed to be a follower of Ramdev.

He had written a letter marked to the Prime Minister, the President and the police commissioner threatening to drown himself in the Arabian Sea on Monday at 2 pm if black money was not brought back into the country and terrorists Ajmal Kasab and Afzal Guru were not hanged immediately.

The police intimated the fire brigade about Chaudhary’s plan. The fire brigade posted a fire engine, ambulance and a flood and rescue team at Gateway of India in case Chaudhary tried to commit suicide.

The brigade waited for him, even after the time promised in the letter passed and no such man showed up at the Gateway. Then they found his phone number.

“We called him from different numbers and posed as journalists as well as Mantralaya officials trying to find out his location and what he was wearing,” said assistant divisional fire officer, DK Ghosh.

Chaudhary told them he was in a launch coming back from the Elephanta Caves towards the Gateway.

Ghosh then called Chaudhary and claimed to be a press photographer waiting to take pictures of him carrying out his pledge.

Chaudhary told him where he was, allowing Ghosh to locate him, after which they alerted the flood and rescue team.

“I went close to him with a camera and also clicked some pictures, but he guessed something was wrong and jumped in the sea. As soon as he jumped the flood and rescue team swimmers jumped and rescued him,” said Ghosh.

The police have taken him in custody. “We have registered a case of attempt to suicide on Chaudhary,” said assistant commissioner of police Iqbal Shaikh.

(With Inputs from Surabhi Vaya)

First Published: Jun 14, 2011 01:02 IST