30 injured in pre-dawn police sweep at Ramlila Maidan

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New Delhi, June 5: Around thirty people were injured in the wee hours today when police fired teargas shells to disperse the crowd which had gathered at Ramlila Maidan to support Baba Ramdev.

"Almost thirty people, who sustained injuries have been admitted to nearby Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) hospital," a senior medical official in LNJP hospital said.

Dr Lokesh of the LNJP hospital said some of the followers, who were admitted, suffered limb and head injuries.

A senior police official said that some of the injured have also been admitted to AIIMS trauma centre and Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Number of casualties admitted in the two hospitals is not known yet, he said.

Some of the followers were also injured in the commotion while they were running to escape the teargas shells.

Four women followers of the Baba, who sustained injuries in their heads, told police that they will not go to hospital and instead sat on the footpath outside the Ramlila maidan as a mark of protest.

"We were beaten up mercilesly...We will not go to the hospital. This is our protest," one of the followers said.

PTI

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