Baba Ramdev threatens to arm protesters

Posted By: Biswajeet Panda
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Haridwar, Jun 8: Baba Ramdev has surely become the flavour of the season, especially after he along with his followers was chased away from the scene of protest fast at the Ramlila Maidan, New Delhi on Jun 4. The yoga-guru who fled the scene by disguising himself in a woman's garb has suddenly become brave again and has dared to take on the government from his ashram in Haridwar.

He is also carrying on his protest fast in the ashram.

Just a day after appearing conciliatory, the Yoga guru resorted to sharp rhetoric again on Jun 8 and warned the next time around the protesters would be armed and ready to retaliate in the event of another police crackdown like the one that happened on Jun 4 midnight.

He said, "Next time at Ramlila, it will be Ravanlila. Let's see who gets beaten up."

Elaborating the arms training plan, he said, "Twenty youth from each region will come forward for the fight against corruption. These young people should be 35-40 years old. Not only men, young women must also join them. They must be dedicated, ready to make the ultimate sacrifice. They will be given arms training. We will build an army of 11,000 men and women."

It can be recollected that Baba Ramdev had struck a benign note on Jun 7 saying that he "forgave" the Prime Minister and his government at a personal level. He had said, "I forgive the PM and government for atrocities and wrongs done to me...but for destroying democracy, the nation will have to decide."

The government has banned the yoga guru from entering Delhi for the next 15 days. With the Uttar Pradesh government too denying him the permission to carry on his protest in the state, Baba Ramdev has his task cut out to ensure that he gets a platform for the fight against corruption.

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