Police descend at Ram Lila ground, Baba detained

Baba Ramdev
New Delhi, Jun 4: A large number of police personnel tonight descended at Ram Lila Maidan, the venue where Baba Ramdev is on a hunger-strike demanding action on black money.

Sources revealed that, later Baba Ramdev was arrested and taken by the police from the Ram Lila Maidan. Police told that Baba is safe. Baba Ramdev will be taken to his Haridwar ashram.

Earlier Delhi Police Commissioner B K Gupta denied that Baba Ramdev has been arrested. "There are some security concerns. We have canceled the permission (for the protest)," he told reporters at the site.

He said Ramdev's supporters indulged in stone throwing. Police did not use force except to use some tear gas. Asked whether Ramdev has been arrested, he has not been arrested.

Police is trying to remove the camp structure. People are leaving Ram Lila Maidan since police is forcing them to do so.

Chaos prevailed at the spot after around 1.10 am when news came that the yoga guru may be arrested after he decided to continue with his fast following with the worsening of stand between him and the government.

Soon, Ramdev''s supporters formed human chains to prevent his arrest. Police were seen zeroing in at the stage where Ramdev was circled by a handful of supporters. However, then it was not clear that whether the police will arrest him immediately.

The sudden presence of such a large number of police personnel led to a commotion as hundreds of supporters of Baba surrounded amid speculation that he may be arrested.

Ramdev appealed to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to allow him to be arrested during daytime.

"Why I am being arrested without any information at night? I appeal to people to maintain calm...," a sweating Ramdev said to his supporters.

A section of supporters threw pots, tripods and mike stands on cops to prevent them from coming close to the stage. Crowd disperse from the stage after police fired teargas shells.

A police vehicle was seen entering at the site where chaos was seen, while Rapid Action Force (RAF) personnel were seen taking away some of the supporters from the site.

Banners were torn, mattresses and furniture lied all over the site. Parts of the stage also caught a minor fire that broke out during the melee.

People were seen vacating the dais and the surrounding area after tear gas enveloped the whole area.

Police said Section 144 has been imposed at the area under which any gathering of people would not be permitted. The permission for holding the yoga camp has been cancelled, they said.

The Ramlila ground was booked for one month by Baba Ramdev, who had also turned the venue for his "satyagraha" movement.

Organisers were seen asking people not to leave the pandal and continue protest. Some of them, associated with Baba''s movement, contacting their associates in respective states to protest against police action on June 5 th morning.

Large number of people were leaving the spot, some were seen arguing with the policemen that why they have taken such an action when their protest was peaceful.

Bharat Swabhiman Trust chief Jaideep Arya claimed that Baba Ramdev has been arrested. However, Delhi Police refused to confirm the same. Police in civil clothes were attacking mediapersons.

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